ISLAMABAD-An exhibition of folk painting on "Colour Waves" by a known folk artist Liaquat Ali Khan opened here at Heritage Museum, Shakarparian on Monday. The event was held under the aegis of LoK Virsa (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage) to mark the Pakistan Day celebrations. Renowned painter Ghulam Rasul graced the opening ceremony as a chief guest. The artist Liaquat Ali Khan started his career as a cinema board painter. He did diploma in fine arts from Peshawar University. He introduced a peculiar kind of abstract art which he terms it as a "technique" rather painting. His method of painting is itself very unconventional and requires concentration throughout the process. He uses petrol, kerosene oil, water and air as a basic medium, which is spread on glossy paper or plywood through various processes until required results are obtained. Oil colours are used as fillers - for painting birds, camels, trees, dessert, seaside or landscape according to the painting. Liaquat Ali Khan belongs to Kohat. Today when a lot of unrest prevails in the NWFP province, the exhibition of folk painting from a Kohat-based artist is undoubtedly a great step on the part of Lik Virsa. The artist through his unique creativity and waves of colour is spreading a message of peace to the capital city from the people of NWFP. Liauat Ali is known for painting big images. He created a large portrait of the ruler of United Arab Emirates H.E. Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al Nahian and gained a tremendous recognition. He also recently painted a large portrait Quaid-I-Azam measuring 8000 square feet to be displayed in Islamabad as a gift to the nation from the Pakistani community in Abu Dhabi. In his welcoming remarks Mazhar ul Islam, Executive Director, Lok Virsa who is also an outstanding writer and folkorist, said: Lok Virsa is currently in the process of documenting and preserving the dying traditional skills with special emphasis on remote and far-flung areas. He also apprised the audience that Lok Virsa was planning to hold a festival of cinema board painters at Islamabad in near future. "The festival will bring cinema board painters from all over Pakistan and serve to disseminate the creativity of this almost vanished art of the country, "he added. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest, Ghulam Rasul highly appreciated on the role of Lok Virsa and his Executive Director Mazhar ul Islam in promoting and projecting different components of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. He said that Lok Virsa in 1974 was a very small centre which has now developed and grown into a full-fledged specialized cultural organization of Pakistan only due to the hard work and dedication of its team members. The exhibition will be continued till March 29, 2009 at the same venue Heritage Museum, Lok Virsa. The artist will be personally there to demonstrate his skill to the visitors. He also intends to impart his style of folk painting to the younger generation, particularly students from schools and colleges. The other attractions of the day-long festivities at Lok Virsa included authentic performances by folk drummers (dholis) from colourful land of Punjab, exotic folkoric ensemble comprising Qurban Niazi and Aslam Laohar and party. The Heritage Museum also remained open for public throughout the day. To attract maximum number of visitors and to facilitate the visitors on the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day, Lok Virsa management offered a special 50 per cent rebate on museum entry tickets which was greatly appreciated by the visitors.