Showcasing cultures of India and Greece

DUBAI — The Bin Sougat Centre is currently hosting the fifth week of Global Surprises, showcasing the culture and traditions of two ancient civilisations — India and Greece.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 25 Jul 2007, 8:33 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:19 AM

Amjad Hussain is one exhibitor who has come from Mysore, a city in South India famed for its art and crafts. A specialist in an art form simply called ‘hand-cutting’, Amjad’s works reflect years of experience and expert craftsmanship.

“Hand-cutting is one among the main art forms in Mysore so my work is influenced by South Indian culture. The handicrafts put to display are entirely made of wood, “ he says.

Another highlight is the rosewood inlay work. The first step is to design and draw the images and patterns on the rosewood and give it a proper shape. The motifs that have to be inlaid are carefully shaped and fixed onto the rosewood. The wood is then smoothened using sandpaper and polished to give a bright look.

Today is the last day of the Global Surprises workshops at Bin Sougat Centre. Additionally, Century Mall will host traditional Indian and Greek folk dance and music shows from 4:30 to 10pm.

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