ISLAMABAD: To promote creativity and cultural affinity about the traditional Japanese poetic form of haiku among the youth of Pakistan, the first ever poetic illustrations exhibition was organised at the National Art Gallery on Thursday.
The event was organised by Embassy of Japan and Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Islamabad in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA)
Japanese ambassador Wada Mitsuhiro and retired Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan, president of Pakistan-Japan Cultural Associations (PJCA) Islamabad, inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of haiku poets, artists, teachers, students and other distinguished guests.
The exhibition that featured 110 artworks themed on the haikus painted by the students from educational institutions in the twin cities including some art organisations had been put on display depicting their creative talent as well as their understanding of haiku. The exhibition was curated by Jamal Shah, an eminent artist and executive member of Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association, Islamabad.
Organisers explained that haiku was a precise, compact and condensed form of traditional Japanese poetry written in 5-7-5 syllabic form usually in three lines that dates back to the 17th century,still remained popular in modern Japan, and was now practiced in many countries of the world including Pakistan.
Ambassador Wada Mitsuhiroappreciated students and other artists participating in the exhibition for their eye-catching thematic artworks reflecting their keen interest and understanding of haiku poetry and Japanese culture.
The ambassador stated that the purpose of showcasing this exhibition was to encourage the students in exploring and doing research on haiku poetry and also to show their artistic skills.
“Understanding art and culture of another country is the best way to get familiar with its people and society as it promotes enhanced people-to-people contacts hailing from varying cultures,” said the Ambassador.
As this year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan as well as the 50th anniversary since the establishment of PJCA Islamabad, this exhibition was a part of activities arranged to commemorate the bond of friendship between the two countries in a befitting way.
The ambassador expressed his gratitude towards PJCA, PNCA, students and teachers for their collaboration in organising a wonderful exhibition.
The exhibition will remain open for public till Sept 29.
Published in Dawn, September 23rd, 2022