Islamabad - A figurative and conceptual drawing workshop in full swing here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

Students of various educational institutions are participating in the workshop. An eminent visual artist Aleem Dad Khan is conducting the workshop.  Talking to APP, he said that conceptual art, sometimes simply called conceptualism, is art in which the concepts or ideas involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. “In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work,” he said.

He said that when an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art. He said that figurative drawing is a key element to artistic training. “To build new audience and broaden arts participation, the Council engages the wider community in the arts through outreach programmes targeted at different sectors of the population,” an official of PNCA told APP.

He said that the Council is structured into two major divisions: visual arts division; and performing arts division. “Its focuses on four key strategic thrusts: nurturing and developing the arts; stimulating broader and sophisticated demand by audience; developing capacity and resources; and facilitating internationalization and enhancing global connectivity,” he added.

Meanwhile, National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) would organise a “Dholak Geet Contest” on May 26. According to an official of the Lok Virsa, students of various educational institutions have been invited to participate in the contest, adding that some schools and colleges have already registered for the contest.

He said an audio CD of ‘Dholak Geet’ will also be launched on the occasion. He said that Lok Virsa would making efforts to revive the use of dholak in our celebrations.

“This has been one instrument which was fully owned by women and was commonly used for their songs, celebrations and sharing of good times,” he said. 

He said that Lok Virsa calls upon every family to have a dholak at their homes so that it can become a symbol of creativity. “Having a dholak at home will encourage our children to learn it and participate in wedding celebrations and other family occasions. We have to get good quality traditional music for our weddings,” he said.

He said that dholaks will be available for sale at the occasion and at our Lok Virsa shop from then on wards.