ISLAMABAD - The Tribal Heritage Gallery has been opened here with display of paintings and rare but exotic items depicting the lifestyle of century's old tribal culture in the region.
Rodolf J Martin Saravia, ambassador of Argentina and dean of Diplomatic Corps, opened the Tribal Heritage Gallery here at F-7/2 at a special ceremony amid pleasant weather followed by rain shower on Tuesday evening. The opening ceremony was held in the nicely decorated lawn. Attended by ambassadors and senior diplomats, mostly from the Western capitals and arts enthusiasts, the ceremony was followed by an exhibition of paintings, folk instrumental music and traditional food.
"It's a wonderful place, very exciting," Rebeka Naomi Wigemark, wife of European Union ambassador to Pakistan, quipped while entering the new gallery with its entrance decorated with nice carved wooden doors and windows frames and walls hangings etc giving the visitors an impression of a furniture shop in an old tribal village on Pak-Afghan border. But this impression at once wanes after one walks towards the huge house located on the main Margalla Road. The entire residential space including rooms and walls are decorated with the variety of wooden furniture including chairs and boxes, wall hangings and carpets. Selected paintings of three imminent female artists including Susanne Husemann from Germany were put on display in one of the rooms that also attracted many visitors.
In his inaugural address, Ambassador Rodolf J Martin Saravia congratulated the organisers, including Zia Hashmi and Omar Durani, for making wonderful efforts in preserving the heritage of such a rich culture of Pakistan and the region. "A country that does not look to its past, is country that can not have a bright future," said Ambassador Saravia, adding, "We the elders are obliged to show our sons and grandchildren what the country has done in the past, so that they can understand and love the place where they were born and have to live.
When the elders do something like that, they are not only preserving the old treasures of their country, but also showing their descendents a rich and great past."
The Argentine ambassador also congratulated three talented artists including Susanne, Muinba Khurram and Nasreen Aurangzeb for depicting Pakistani culture through their different styles of paintings. He was also glad to note how the appetite for arts in the capital city and the hinterland is increasing. He said during his ten years in Islamabad, a number of arts galleries have come into being including Tanzara Gallery, Gallery 6, Satrang Gallery and now Heritage Gallery.
Zia Hashmi, a development consultant by profession, says his appetite to promote such a rich culture of the country forced him to enter venture. He says the Tribal Heritage Gallery takes great pride in displaying unique, rare but exotic and beautiful items from tribal areas including Balochistan, KP, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran.
The Tribal Heritage is an arts and crafts gallery offering an ethnic/traditional living options that range from old/antique nomadic carpets and furniture, tribal artefacts, embroidery and wall hangings and much more.
By all standards the event was successful as the tribal art enthusiasts and collectors got together to share their aesthetic taste.