Islamabad - Pakistan National Council of the Arts Director General Syed Jamal Shah said on Monday that the government would soon announce a national cultural policy.

Shah urged the government to also work for introducing curriculum based on the national cultural policy after its announcement. He said that the aim of the national curriculum was to give a national identity to individuals while appreciating and valuing their sub-national identity. 

The PNCA official said that the two-month long national exhibition representing all provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir was in full swing at the PNCA. “The exhibition is aimed at paying a tribute to renowned artists including Iqbal Jafri, Mian Aijazul Hassan, Colin David, Saeed Akhtar, Ahmed Khan, Zulqurnain Haider, Mansur Rahi, Basheer Ahmed and Hajra Mansoor”.

Shah said that these artists were icons of Pakistani art and had contributed their best to promotion of art in Pakistan.

He said that the 9th national exhibition was being revived as a regular annual event after a gap of 13 years.

The DG said that artists contributed to beautification of environment by making people informed in a subtle way, adding that it was the art that had the capacity to do away with barriers and bring people together while celebrating their diverse cultural background. “An informed and cultured individual will never indulge in terrorism but rather opt for dialogue while appreciating difference of opinion”, said Shah.

Talking about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Cultural Caravan, Shah said that the Caravan brought together Chinese and Pakistan artists from diverse background.

 

He said that more than two dozen artists from Pakistan and China travelled from Hunza to Gwadar passing through different cities and performing at 16 different places along the historical Silk Road. The caravan started its journey in Hunza valley on November 4 and concluded on November 21, 2017 in Gwadar, he added.