LAHORE - The Lahore Museum organised two different exhibitions to mark the International Museum Day on Sunday.
The International Museum Day has been celebrated since 1977 around the globe on May 18 every year. The day is aimed at raising awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.
Lahore Museum, which is considered one the best museums of the world due to its wide range of collections, celebrated the day by organising two exhibitions – pottery and modern painting exhibition. Both the exhibitions were inaugurated by Provincial Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed. He was accompanied with Lahore Museum Director Sumaira Sarmad.
Talking to media, Rana Mashhood said museums played vital role in order to introduce cultural heritage to the young generations. He said that the Lahore Museum not only played its due role for introducing history to the youth rather it also did good job to aware the people regarding art and culture. He also lauded the efforts of Lahore Museum for organising exhibition to celebrate the International Museum Day. 
The modern painting exhibition which was displayed at City Heritage Museum’s gallery exhibited art work by two young artists—Mazhar Naveed and Uzma Bhatti.
Uzma Bhatti’s work displayed at the exhibition consists of drawings which depicts conscious and unconscious experiences of human being. It tells the viewers human’s feelings and its shapes like fear, disappointment andpleasure etc. The artist tried to bridge the old Indus civilization with current era through her work.
Artist Mazhar Naveed’s work consists of digital paintings. He presented Lahore Museums’ artifacts digital paintings. Like, he presented the digital painting of Sadeqain’s famous mural which was once displayed on the ceiling of main gallery of Lahore Museum.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary on Information & Culture Rana Muhammad Arshad in his message on International Museum Day has said that Punjab government is implementing the project of constructing museums at divisional level throughout the province. He said that the museums of Lahore, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur were creating awareness among the new generation about the history.
Rana said that the historic Lahore museum which was constructed in 1894 reflected history and culture of this region. He said that Lahore Museum was rendering invaluable services for creating awareness about different civilizations including Mughal era and Islamic teachings.
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Prof Dr Ihsan Ali, vice chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, (AWKUM) has said that the nations which forget their past cannot make their future bright.
He was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the events and activities organised in connection with International Museum Day at the main campus of AWKUM. Prof Ali further said that currently there are a total of 22 museums in the country and out of them 13 are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He added that Mardan was centre of Gandhara Civilization in the past and now it will prove to be the centre of knowledge and learning. He requested the gathering to donate antiques and other such items that speak of the past to the university museum.
On the occasion, the departments of management sciences, tourism & hospitality, home economics and fine arts displayed various stalls that exhibited the regional dresses, regional food and regional jewellery. The students also performed on folk songs.