KARACHI, Nov 8: The three-day solo exhibition of Nazar Haidri’s paintings titled Music on Canvas concluded at the Arts Council on Thursday.

Nazar Haidri is a senior artist who first exhibited his artworks in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but then he became engaged in commercial projects and was away from the world of art for quite a few years. His current exhibition which ended at the Arts Council contained those exhibits on which he had been working over the years.

He has a profound interest in eastern classical and semi-classical music. Through his paintings he has tried to fuse the worlds of music and paintings in a manner that they do not come across as separate genres of art, and has succeeded in achieving his goal.

Looking closely at his work will suggest that the shape of a sitar or the sound coming out of a tabla is equally dear to him as, let’s say, a line or a brushstroke delineating the contours of a human character or an abstract figure. While doing so, the colors that he has used are varied which symbolise the nature of the realm of music — sad, chirpy, uptempo, etc.

Nazar Haidri has also paid tribute to the art of dance through his artworks. The paintings on that subject are just as communicative as the ones in which only musical instruments are drawn.—PS

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