Workshop To Promote Art concludes at Mahatta's

By Syed Burhan

Srinagar- On the last day of the Art Exhibition, titled “Mashq-e-Paaeez: Ishq-e-Nabi” concluding ceremony was held at Mahattas. Students attended a brainstorming career counselling session at the exhibition.

On the occasion students were counselled about diversity in career options. A special session was also held to pay tribute to valley’s ace Graphic Artist Akhter Rasool who passed away recently. Participants lauded his contributions in Digital Art. Certificates were also distributed among the participants by Ilyas Rizvi, founder Edraak.

Ilyas Rizvi describes the event as a success and is hopeful of holding more such events in the future. “We were successful in providing amateur artists with a platform and they learned how to present their Art work in an exhibition. Due to the good response of people we had to extend the workshop twice, we look forward to doing it on a regular basis” he said.

“There is a need to create more such spaces, this is an opportunity for people to invest in art and put Kashmir back on the “Artistic map of World”. He added.

During the seventeen days of the exhibition, the Art exhibition and workshop was attended by people of diverse backgrounds. Special sessions were held for students of various age groups, Youth and Women.

This year Milaad coincided with the autumn season so the event was named “Mashq-e-Paa’eez: Ishq-e-Nabi (SAW).” The event was divided into four categories: Mashq (Calligraphy window), Aks(Visual Window), Dusst’(Fine art and painting window) and Harf (Prose and poetic window).

Notably, it's been more than a decade since Edraak has tried to engage students in creative pursuits of arts and aesthetics in the valley through its workshops and exhibitions.  Edraak, a movement that aims at educational revival through arts and aesthetics in Kashmir had kicked off its exhibition at Srinagar’s Mahatta Gallery on 5 November.

The event was aimed at encouraging budding talent and providing them with a platform. It was a ten day workshop but due to good response the organisers extended it for a few more days.

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