Young artists reflect mountain landscape and culture

Islamabad, December 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): An exhibition of paintings by the students of the local colleges and universities reflecting the mountains landscape and culture kicked off at the Rawalpindi Arts Council on Wednesday. As many as 70 pieces of art were put on display. Most of them are done in oil-on-canvas while some students have tried the charcoal and pencil sketches.

The exhibition, inaugurated by well-known Pakistani mountaineer Hassan Jan, is organised by the Development Communications Network (Devcom-Pakistan) and Rawalpindi Arts Council in connection with the 8th Pakistan Mountain Festival. The festival is globally recognised annual flagship event of the Devcom-Pakistan and partners aimed at highlighting the importance of mountains for all the living creatures. The exhibition will continue till December 11, the International Mountain Day (IMD).

The students have quite successfully painted mountain’s natural environment, cultural heritage and the highest peaks with all the fantasy and thrill associated with the mountains. The marvellous compositions in oil on canvas reflected the youth’s inspiration to save and serve the mountain ecosystems.

Speaking on the occasion, the Devcom-Pakistan Executive Director and the founder of the Pakistan Mountain Festival said, “Well-aware and sensitised youth about environmental sustainability is the last hope to protect the mother planet through conservation and development initiatives. The damage done by the older generation is irreparable but still there is hope to slowdown the process of degradation by reducing the Greenhouse Gas emissions, eliminating indiscriminate deforestation and by taking steps for inclusive and integrated afforestation”.

Munir Ahmed said, “The exhibits reflect young artists’ love for the mountains and its culture through variety of colours and treatment in oil-on-canvas. The Hunza and Kalash women, culture and heritage have been the preferred themes for some of the participants. The themes and the images the youth painted in the live competition shows their skills and love for the mountains, but sadly no one knows the actual threats to the mountains, its people and culture. We the ‘experts’ and the organisations are responsible for the youth’s ignorance towards the worst climate changes happening around us. We need to launch youth awareness campaign on changing climate. The government agencies, multilateral organisation and the education institutions need to launch an inclusive and comprehensive initiative to inform and educate the young.”

Mountaineer Hassan Jan said appreciated the work done by the youth saying the students should visit the mountains to know the actual life and living culture of mountains. He said the resources of the mountains being depleted due to over exploitation and deforestation that has caused lack of mountaineering activities. He said mountaineering is already a neglected field of adventure sports, the government should put it on its priority.

Rawalpindi Arts Council Resident Director Waqar Ahmed said the council has been supporting Pakistan Mountain Festival events to inculcate awareness among the youth and other segments of the society. He said the RAC-Devcom collaboration is meaningfully contributing for the social awareness and engagement.

Nahid Manzoor, the art and culture expert, said art can be a multi-fold medium to educate and inspire the youth and general public to love mountains not only for their beauty and natural landscape but as source of biodiversity, forests and frozen water that we need to continue our life and livelihood.”

The participants termed the event a source to inculcate love for nature and to sensitise the youth on the issues confronting the highlands. Maria Karim said that she was there to express her love for the beauty-rich mountains that attract tourism. But she has no clue why International Mountain Day is celebrated. Anza Fatima said such kind of events help raise awareness on the issues. While living on the footsteps of the Margalla Hills we need to know and educate the youth the importance of mountains in our lives.

Rimsha Kanwal said mountains give us fresh water and air, without both we cannot live. We are thankful to those who maintain the cultures and environment of the mountain to liven up our lives and moods. Ayesha Murtaza said the cultural revival is a must for every society, and the mountain culture is very less known to the people downstream. That is why we need to mainstream the mountain heritage and culture through various events.

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