We Deserved Better

A Miniature Art displaying Mughal era

News are that finally a building on Jinnah Avenue, close to parliament lodges, is chalked out for Pakistan national council of Arts (PNCA).

At present, it’s located in a small house in F-7/4 (OK the plot may not be small for an house but it sure is for an art gallery and arts council).

The approval for building was done 16 years back and now, at last, the work has been restarted, preferably deadline set for March. The new premises being built at a cost of Rs 456 million will have 14 spacious galleries, a large auditorium with a seating capacity for 450 people and an administration block housing the PNCA offices. It will also have facilities like a cafeteria, a laboratory, a section for children, a studio and a lecture hall complete with air-conditioning and sound systems.

PNCA organizes lectures on art and various workshops on photography, landscape paintings (in different media), music, and various other Art forms for children, youngsters and even elderly.

I, myself, once had a chance to attend a 5 day workshop on landscape painting and it was superb – infact beyond that – and interestingly the lame painting I made was hung in PNCA art gallery too for a whole week along with paintings of Chughai, Gulgee, Molka Ahmad, Sadequain and various other big names in Painting world.

If you haven’t yet visited PNCA’s art gallery and you are an art lover … do pay a visit … many gems of Pakistan are contained and dispalyed within the premises of this small place.


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