Pakistani, Indian artists send message of unity at virtual Dubai exhibition

Saman Haziq/Dubai
Filed on October 17, 2020 | Last updated on October 17, 2020 at 01.28 am


'Borders may have separated us, yet the hearts of people of both India and Pakistan are connected.'

A group of highly accomplished Indian and Pakistani artists in the UAE recently came together to send out a message of love, hope, peace and unity.

They brought some of their best works to a unique virtual art exhibition called 'Irteqa', organised by Overseas Pakistani Artists Fraternity (Ospaf) under the banner of Pakistan Association Dubai. Their artworks were displayed on Zoom, while some were exhibited at the newly built Pakistan Medical Centre (PMC).

'Irteqa' means evolution, said Masooma Rizvi, curator of the exhibition and president of the Ospaf-Art wing at PAD. "It's is a unique concept where Pakistani and Indian artists have come together with the aim of spreading the message of positivity, universal love, and contribute towards a common cause of PMC," Rizvi said.

"Borders may have separated us, yet the hearts of people of both the neighbouring countries - India and Pakistan - are connected."

As the artists interacted on Zoom, they each introduced themselves, explained the story behind their artworks, and spoke of similarities between the two nations.

Indian artist Mona Biswarupa, one of the participants, said: "India and Pakistan are two beautiful nations with amazing people who have a rich cultural heritage. Political issues may have caused some rift between us but, even today, if you listen carefully, you can still hear the sound of the brook of love flowing beneath the surface."

Muhsin Al Banna, general secretary of PAD, said the newly built PMC will have an arts corner that will see collaborations with artists of various nationalities.

"We had designated an arts corner at the PMC for the sole purpose of engaging people through art. Proceeds from any artwork owned by a community member will support the artist as well as the medical centre. The artwork will be changed every two months," Al Banna said.

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