FAP presents ‘Pakdandiya’ by Ajab Khan


KARACHI: The Fine Art Pakistan (FAP) will inaugurate an exhibition ‘Pakdandiya’ by Ajab Khan on Monday (today) featuring paintings on the culture of Pakistani villages.
Almost 25 paintings (oil on canvas) will be on display by the self-taught DI Khan-based artist Ajab Khan. The artist, who did his Masters in Urdu Literature, is in the field of art for the past 30 years. Khan has won a number of national and international accolades in the art field, including the first prize in Makkah Calligraphy competition, Saudi Arabia.
One of his paintings, which will be on display, is about a village woman. Using his artistic skills, the artist has captured a moment of her routine life, when she is moving towards her mud-made home from a verdant way while holding some stuff on her head. Khan has given bright colours to the painting and created greenery in the surrounding of the house as well.
Another painting being exhibited is about a bricks kiln, commonly seen while visiting villages or during journeys through trains. In the painting, the smoke billowing from a chimney is also visible, while bricks are placed in an open area for sunlight. 
Similarly, another art piece depicts engagement of youth. In this painting, the artist has showed two girls having stuff on their heads moving on the verdant way. The artist also made a small canal in his painting adjacent to some houses in the village. He used bright and light colours in the art piece to enhance its beauty.
Talking to Daily Times, Khan said, ‘Pakdandiya’ means verdant ways which could be seen particularly in villages and that his work revolved around it.”
He was of the view that it was the natural beauty that was away from “all of us”. “We have forgotten the natural beauty. My work is to connect urban people to the beautiful life in rural areas,” Khan mentioned. 
He added that all these paintings of villages were the real portray of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa villages.
In reply to a query, he said, “Yes, this is true that there are no facilities in rural areas for people who want to become an artist.” There was only one public university in DI Khan and it did not offer any fine arts programme, he said, adding that public universities across Pakistan offered such courses however.
The majority of renowned artists of current times and past belonged to rural areas of the country, but the lack of facilities there dragged them to cities, asserted Ajab Khan.
“Artists of rural areas are more talented because they live near to natural beauty,” he said, adding students of DI Khan and its surrounding areas were studding at NCA, Lahore. “If the government could provide them with learning opportunities close to their hometowns, they would compete with artists of urban areas in a much better manner,” he concluded. The exhibition will continue till April 12.

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