Islamabad - An exhibition of photographs by various photographers unveiled the black and white `World in Monochrome’ yesterday at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa.

The national photographic exhibition was inaugurated by renowned Paediatrician Prof Khawaja Ahmed Abbas, President JICA Alumni Association of Pakistan and Dr Fouzia Saeed, Executive Director Lok Virsa, as guests of honour.

The exhibition portrays the work of 55 artists who have beautifully highlighted diverse aspects of life in black n white, sepia, silhouettes and shadows. Shooting images in shades of grey and in single colour is a specialised art form. Real life is in colour; however, the shades of grey bring out the hidden art.

The exhibition includes the award winning images by Tahsin Shah (Innocence Lost), Ghalib Hasnain (Class of Tharparkar), Abdul Sattar Khokhar (Tricolour Smoke), Minhaj Qazi (Dreams), Aamir Majeed Sheikh (Farmer at Work), Dr Iftikhar Ahmed (Rodeo Man), Farah Imran Shams (Ballerinas), Ammara Nawaz Khan (Reshmi Rahain), Haroon Lali (A Village Kid), Sajjad Bokhari (Lonely Eagle) and Nadia Abbasi (Sochan), among others. Visitors greatly appreciated the work of these artists.

Eminent photographer Prof Razaq Vance made a presentation on the “Power of a Picture” which effectively enlightened the audience on the subject. His presentation mentioned how the views of the world changed with the image of a dead Syrian baby. He portrayed the art as a means of bringing about social change for highlighting social issues and potential benefits to humanity.

Another presentation was made by Abdul Sattar Khokhar, a senior civil service officer, on ‘How to shoot a winner image.” The presentation mentioned the ingredients of an award winning image and how to bring creativity, technique and technology together into the final product. The presentation adequately covered the 12 elements which are the hallmark of a picture which stands out and wins awards.

Dr Fouzia Saeed in her address appreciated the efforts of the Photographic Art Society of Pakistan (PASP) in promotion of the art of photography and in portraying the work of talented artists. She assured the society of continued support from Lok Virsa in future ventures.

Prof KA Abbas, President JICA Alumni Association of Pakistan expressed his appreciation of the quality of work produced by the artists. He stated that photography being a very powerful art form, should be used to portray the true colours and beauty of the Pakistani culture to the world.

Sami-ur-Rehman Khan, Pride of Performance Award winner and president of Photographic Art Society of Pakistan, highlighted the activities of the Society. He lauded the efforts of the Islamabad based members of the PASP.

Talking about future plans, he expressed his resolve to publish two books and organise two exhibitions annually. He mentioned that the exhibition was earlier exhibited at Alhamra Art Gallery Lahore in December 2015.

Meanwhile, National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa here Saturday screened super hit Punjabi film Chooriyan in a sing along and dress along event highlighting the Punjabi culture.

The colourful event invited the fun lovers of twin cities by wearing rural Punjabi clothing shown in Choorian while Film Director Syed Noor and Actress Saima were special guests on the occasion to share their experience in the making of Choorian.

Choorian is a 1998 Pakistani Punjabi-language action-romance film directed by Syed Noor and produced by Haji Faqir Mohammad starring Moammar Rana and Saima. It was Pakistan’s second highest-grossing film of all-time.

The film has a simple love story. A city boy Bakhtu (Moammar Rana) is sent to live with his uncle back in the village. He soon falls in love with his uncle’s older daughter Billo (Saima). Billo is a servant in her own house, and does all the chores which are overseen by Bahar, her stepmother.

Bahar treats her like a slave throughout the movie while her two daughters live like queens. Bakhtu declares his love for her, which is not going down well with Bahar, who having seen Bakhtu, wants her own daughter Nargis married to him.

The film won various awards of Nigar including best film, best director, best script writer, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best musician, best lyricist, best cinematographer and best playback singers.

Choorian opened in 22 screens across Pakistan and earned a total of 200 million in its one-year run. It became the third highest grossing film on 23 November 2013 after record being broken by Waar and Khuda Kay Liye.

“The Mandwa film club of Lok Virsa is an initiative taken by the institute to revive the classical cinema in the twin cities and involve the fun lovers in healthy activities that keep alive the dying the culture and traditions among the young generation,” said Fouzia Saeed, Executive Director, Lok Virsa while talking to APP.

The Lok Virsa screen national and international classical hits on every weekend and invite audience from all walks of life to entertain them as well as engage them in cultural programmes, she said.