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Opening Ceremony of an exhibition “Art from Balochistan” at Gallery Louvre

Islamabad, October 02, 2012 (PPI-OT): An opening ceremony for fine Pakistani art was attended at Gallery Louvre in Islamabad this Tuesday, October 2, 2012, by H.E. Mr. Philippe THIEBAUD, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, Mir Shah Nawaz Khan Marri, Minister for Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Government of Balochistan, and Mr. Jamal Shah, Director of HunarKada Art Academy Islamabad, honorary guests of the function.

The exhibition, facilitated by the French Embassy in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Alliance Franchise of Islamabad, presents the work of 7 renowned artists of Baluchistan. The work of those famous artists will be displayed from the 3rd of October till the 8th of the same month at the Gallery Louvre, in order to allow for art lovers of the capital to discover or rediscover the contributions of those great masters to Pakistan contemporary culture scene.

Jamal Shah, a well known actor, director, painter, and social worker is a keen supporter of the initiative. Himself from Balochistan, he was born in Quetta in the 50s and established in 1984 the Fine Arts Department of the University of Baluchistan.

He pursued his promotion of Baloch art by creating in 1985 the Artists Association of Balochistan, he later on became the first Chairman of Artists Association of Pakistan. He is currently the director of HunerKada art academy in Islamabad


The exhibition will explore the production of Quetta based artist exclusively, namely:

Mazhar Hameed, Nisar Ahmed, Kaleem Khan, Aziz Mengal, Syed Mubarak Shah,
Akram Dost Baloch and Aysha Sajid.

Mazhar Hameed is chairman of artist society of Baluchistan; graduate of fine arts, university of Baluchistan, he participated in several exhibitions in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Islamabad.

Nisar Ahmed, bachelor of fine arts at National College of Arts of Lahore, displayed in various solo and group exhibitions in Pakistan and abroad.

Kaleem Khan, holder of presidential “pride of performance award” Gold medallist, participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Pakistan as well as in many countries.

Aziz Mengal is a professor in government commercial college of Quetta; expert of Brahvi Literature, he participated in various group exhibitions in Quetta.

Syed Mubarak Shah, bachelors of Fine Arts University of Baluchistan, participated in many exhibitions in Pakistan; he participated in World Expo Aichi Japan, for Pakistan pavilion as sculptor.

Akram Dost Baloch is chairman of Quetta University of Baluchistan; achiever of presidential pride of performance award, he graduated from National College of Arts of Lahore; he is a very well known painter and travels all over the world to participate in famous international shows.

Aysha Sajid masters of fine arts at Punjab University Lahore and participated in several group exhibitions in Lahore and Quetta.

For more information, contact:
French Embassy in Pakistan
French Embassy – Diplomatic Enclave G5 – GPO
Box 1068 Islamabad
Telephone: 00 92 51 201 14 14
Fax: 201 14 80 / 201 14 00
Website: www.ambafrance-pk.org

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