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OUP publishes a book that focuses on the role of Cricket as a bridge of peace within neighbors!  

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SANA MAHMOOD

 

KARACHI: When Shaharyar Khan was manager Pak Cricket team (1999 India tour and 2003 World Cup) he had penned a volume focusing on the role of cricket as a bridge within society like S.Africa and within neighbors like India and Pakistan.    

The reasons of winning of Pak team in India and losing World Cup have also been analyzed. 

Since Shaharyar Khan has been a senior diplomat besides being a cricket aficionado, he is quite capable of analyzing the role of cricket in bringing changes in masses’ behavior.

As an experienced diplomat and cricket enthusiast, Shaharyar Khan is eminently qualified to analyze the role of cricket in politics and diplomacy, and its influence in public attitudes.

 

 

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Lahore Arts Council to exhibit calligraphy

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ISLAMABAD: Lahore Arts Council will hold a group show of contemporary and traditional calligraphy on May 30.

The exhibition is being held in connection with the month of Ramzan, a yearly feature of the council. It is aimed at highlighting the historical significance of calligraphy and its various styles.

Artists from across country are expected to participate in the event. Assistant Director of Fine Arts, Lahore Arts Council, Mina Haroon said the exhibition will offer a diverse collection of calligraphy, Radio Pakistan reported. She said all three art galleries of Alhamra Art Centre, The Mall, Lahore have been booked for the exhibit.

Art pieces published earlier: 

i) An exhibition of jewelry and a fashion show titled Colors of Pakistan held at Alhamra Art gallery, however the most conspicuous thing of the show was significant numbers of diplomats who showed up. Ambassadors of different countries including Argentine Britain Canada Japan and others besides a large number of people attended the show. Executive Director Lahore Arts Council Capt (r) Ata Muhammad Khan has said the show would be useful for the promotion of cultural values of Pakistan. The color of Pakistan was held here on Sunday under the aegis of Marper Miracles.

ii) Google celebrates the 87th birth anniversary of the ace Calligrapher and Pakistan’s most eminent and creative artist Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, commonly known as Sadequain, with a doodle. Decades back, this was the day when he was born in British India. The artist is known to have revolutionized Islamic calligraphy by giving it a flamboyant turn away from the regimented traditional works with his paintings. How prolific he was could be gauged by the fact that he left behind over 15,000 masterpieces: huge calligraphic murals, figurative art, drawings and many thousand verses of poetry in his repertoire. Despite his exceptional dexterity, he turned down the wealth and never sold his paintings.

He used to give away his oeuvres free to friends. Many greedy pseudo-art-collectors used to swindle him by taking his paintings against cheap presents. It is up to the imagination of the viewers to decipher what that cadeau used to be. He was the man who chose to depict the social evil lurking in the society as he once said, “I seek the truth and I am after reality. “I am not inspired by someone posing against the backdrop of roses in a vase or pink curtains. What inspires me is a person who has gone hungry for hours and is struggling for survival. “The expression that lights his face at the end of the day when he has finally found some scraps, that is what touches me. I am a painter of the expression of reality.” (30th of June, 2017).

 

 

 

 

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Diego Rivera painting sets record at auction fetching $9.76 million

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NEW YORK: A Diego Rivera painting set a record Wednesday night for the highest price paid at auction for a Latin American artwork, fetching $9.76 million and taking the honor away from his partner Frida Kahlo.

The colorful painting entitled “Los Rivales” (The Rivals) and sold by Christie’s depicts two men at a traditional Mexican celebration. Until now the record was held by a Kahlo work auctioned in 2016 for $8 million.

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The 1939 painting is called “Dos desnudos en el bosque (La tierra misma),” which translates as “Two Nudes in the Forest (The Earth Itself).” A Rivera work also holds the record for most paid ever for a Latin American piece of art, not just at auction.

That work, which the Mexican artist completed in 1928, went to a private Argentine collector, Eduardo Constantini, for $15.7 million in 2016. It was entitled “Baile en Tehuantepec.” Baile means dance. The website ARTnews said “The Rivals” went to an unnamed collector bidding by phone.

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Sindh Crafts exposition concludes!

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KARACHI: A three-day Sartyoon Sang Crafts exhibition was held at a shopping mall with a wide mixture of Sindh’s handicrafts made by rural women were exhibited, including home textiles, basketry, jewelry, dresses, dupattas and shawls, coupled with traditional embroidery and cutwork.

The event aimed at to provide market linkages to rural women and artisans which attracted a large numbers of women residents of different areas of Karachi, said a statement on Monday. Senator Shazia Atta Mari who visited the exhibition lauded the event and expressed hope that the event could be further helpful for the development of linkages and easy market access to their skilled products.

The exhibition, comprising stitched and unstitched cloths, Needle Work (Different types of embroidery), Straw work, bed sheets, crochet work (kundhee/hook work), machine-embroidery and other women stuffs. There were more than a two dozen stalls, exhibiting a mixture of variety of traditional arts and crafts.

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