M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: Main Art Gallery of the French Cultural Centre (Alliance Française) was the venue where British performing artist Amy Elizabeth Kingsmill presented a unique spectacle Fairytale!
During the two-week-long (1st Karachi) Biennale she is attempting to paint the white roses red (emblematically the way roses are colored in Alice in Wonderland).
Talking to NewsPakistan.tv (Official Partner BBCNEWS) Amy Kingsmill held: “Fairytale is inspired by how at times – in relationships – we create our own mythologies around people. And we can often sacrifice a lot to (make those realities or) to sustain them”.
Commenting on her performance she said that white roses could signify purity: “Red roses often signify romance, over the next few days these roses will be turning red”.
As to why she had put blood on her face she said: “For me the significance of using my blood on my face was because sometimes after those relationships where you have sacrificed a lot you are stained with that for some time”.
Telling that she had been performing in London for sometime now, she told: “I do travel internationally and this is my first performance here in Pakistan.
“I studied in London and I been making similar performances for past six year or so using my body. It’s my pleasure to be here and bring them to Pakistan”.
Iftikhar Arif emphasizes on promotion of book reading!
ISLAMABAD: Renowned poet and scholar Iftikhar Hussain Arif, expressing concern over the declining book reading trend, Friday underlined the need to change the education system altogether to create love for books among the youth.
“Book reading habit is dying down rapidly not only in Pakistan but all over the world,” Iftikhar, an author of five well published books told the MEdia.
“It is natural that novelty attracts people everywhere in the world. We see old and worth following trends are forgotten and replaced with the new ones. But that should not have happened in the case of reading habits,” he opined.
He said with the emergence of electronic gadgets, books had lost their charm in society. “Electronic books (e-books), mobile phones and computers had taken the place of reading and communication.
“I started reading and collecting books since my childhood and still my thirst for reading books has not quenched. Though e-book has halted the progress to promote book reading and damaged the business of book industry, but still it is unable to break the bond between genuine readers and books,” he added.
Despite the fact that access to e-books is quite easy in Pakistan as money is not involved in it and it is also easy to carry them around. “Yet it is also a reality that you remain unable to create bond between the reader and the book,” he observed.
Iftikhar, who has widely traveled abroad, said that in the past book corners were seen in every street in foreign countries, but now they had also vanished there. Now you only find some great bookshop and publisher names, he added.
He believed that defective education system was one of the major causes of decline in the book reading trend. He also observed that the drastic changes in cultural values and adaption to new and easy ways to get success were other major causes to put a dent on this trend.
“We see students carrying heavy bags and gaining enormous knowledge, despite that lack of critical thinking and wisdom can be noticed. We put stupendous burden on young shoulders that they seek freedom and comfort in weightless gadgets. It is their short cut to get quick knowledge without an exhausting research,” he lamented.
“They do not feel the need to go through different books to complete their assignments. What they do is simply to get the required and desired material from the Internet. We need to change the education system altogether and create love for books in young minds during early years of their lives,” he opined.
When contacted, Zohaib, a bookshop manager told APP that e-books had badly affected their business. “We generally see a number of people heading towards restaurants to order expensive meals or deals, but they rarely visit a store to get a new book.
“Nowadays it is only at the start of an academic session that we see people rushing in to our shops to buy syllabus books only,” he added.
Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights held
ISLAMABAD: A seminar on “The Role of E-Libraries & Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights” was organized here today in collaboration with Oxford University Press.
The resource persons were Dr. Midrar Ullah Chief Librarian, NUST University Islamabad and Dr. Atta ur Rehman, Chief Librarian, International Islamic University Islamabad. The chief guest at the seminar was Program Manager, E-Libraries Punjab, Ms. Aqsa Ghazi.
Dr. Midrar Ullah addressing the participants informed how the writings of an author could be saved. He also went on to tell what rights, a writer has on his inventions and creations. The invented thing can be a book, movie, song or a picture, he added. All such inventions cannot be copied without the consent of the developer. Speakers also told the participants that the public property like the pictures of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Minar-e-Pakistan and others could be copied.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman reiterated that the public awareness of intellectual property rights was very important. Sher Afzal Malik, Chief Librarian, E-Library Rawalpindi speaking on the occasion said public awareness on intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs and symbols. IP is protected by law, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefits from what they invent or create.
By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish, he added.
A video was shown for the awareness of intellectual property rights. Regional Director, Oxford University Press, Fayyaz Hussain Raja told the participants about the rights of intellectual property and the efforts of Oxford University Press.
Program Manager, E-Libraries Punjab assured the Oxford University Press administration of their full cooperation apropos holding seminars in E-Libraries across the province.
The first-ever Directory of Calligraphers compiled
ISLAMABAD: National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division has completed the process of compilation of the first-ever Directory of Calligraphers with introduction and achievements of calligraphers from across the country, as a part of its effort to revive the ancient glorious Islamic art.
This directory will help give recognition to the calligraphers and their artistic endeavors and boost their morals to further achieve excellence in their profession, an official from the division told APP.
The official said that the process of compiling the directory has been completed after collecting information about calligraphers from across the country and will be published and launched soon.
The calligraphers residing in far-flung areas will be able to get opportunities to showcase their work at different platforms through the help of this directory.
It is pertinent to mention here that the division, since its establishment, the division has taken several measures to revive the neglected art of calligraphy which include an arrangement of a national and an international calligraphy exhibition last year and establishing first-ever Calligraphy Institute at National Language Promotion Department.