Women Decry Lack Of Creative Spaces To Showcase Their Talent

By Syed Burhan

Srinagar- On the fifth day of the event “Mashq-e-Payeez: Ishq-e-Nabi” organized by Edraak, the women participants decried lack of creative spaces to showcase their talent.

Edraak, a movement that aims at educational revival through arts and aesthetics in Kashmir kicked off its exhibition at Srinagar’s Mahatta Gallery on 5 November.

The event is aimed at budding talent to encourage, platform and inspire them. The workshop cum exhibition will last till November 14.

A women specific session aimed at creating an atmosphere where women can talk freely about different issues pertaining to women.

Sibat-ul-Huda a self-taught artist whose artwork has been put on display says that “Kashmiris as a society do not appreciate art; artists are not seen with much repute. There is a need to appreciate and artists”, she said. Adding that  “Such exhibitions and workshops should be held to promote art and culture in the society,”

The session was attended by women from diverse backgrounds. Grace Paljor, Principal of Saint Paul’s International Academy, while appreciating the efforts of Edraak, said “Edraak has provided young artists of the valley a much needed platform, there is no dearth of talent in the valley but people lack creative spaces to showcase their talent”.

She appreciated the efforts of Edraak to promote art, history and culture through different mediums.

Dr Nazia Fayaz Azad, who visited the workshop said, the exhibition has been thought provoking for me as it depicts our art and culture.

“Isband, sheene-pipin, calligraphy, Papier Mache are geographical indications of our history and culture and need to be promoted” said Nazia who teaches law at Kashmir University.

Edraak, the initiative aims at recreating unused spaces through their arts and aesthetics. It has been more than a decade Edraak has tried to engage students in creative pursuits of arts and aesthetics.

Through the Edraak initiative many disadvantaged students of the valley have been learning contemporary arts, calligraphy, writing and several other creative things.

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