Exhibition on Gandhara artwork opens


The Rawalpindi Arts Council organised an exhibition of work on Gandhara Art by renowned artist of international fame Shafeeq Ahmed on Tuesday.
Japan Embassy Consular Toshikazu Isomura inaugurated the event, where more than 50 art pieces are on display. Shafeeq Ahmed, 53, has so far served the inherited art for more than 35 years. He has held over exhibitions all over Pakistan and one in Sri Lanka. He has achieved popular admiration with many awards to his credit. He works on precious stones, China clay, Plaster of Paris and bronze in his unique style. Shafeeq is determined for the revival of Gandhara Art, which is vanishing with passage of time. After inaugural ceremony, Toshikazu Isomura, Counselor Japan Embassy said that in the early centuries of Christian era, there flowered in North-western region of Pakistan, remarkable and unique Buddhist civilization in all its glory and splendor. It is now known the world over as “Gandhara Civilization”. Originally, however, the name stood for a country, ancient kingdom located in this part of Pakistan, he further said.
He praised the efforts of Rawalpindi Arts Council for organizing unique exhibitions. Toshikazu Isomura was of the view that Shafeeq Ahmed is the predecessor of old civilization and this art differs him from others.