November Issue 2007
Lord of the Arts
It is not batsmen and bowlers, but Pakistani art that will be attracting crowds to London’s Lords Cricket Ground this December. Lords will be the venue for an auction and dinner event titled ‘Indus Inspirations, a synthesis of art and humanity.’ Organised by Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust (SNPET), with assistance from the International Cricket Council and ITA Public Trust, a UK-based charity, the fundraiser hopes to raise money for underprivileged children in Pakistan.
Scheduled for December 2, in Lord’s Long Room, the evening will feature the work of 33 leading Pakistani painters. Interested buyers can meet the artists who have donated paintings, and pre-bid on the ones they like at an exhibit to be held in November. With a diverse collection on show, art lovers will be able to chose from works depicting divinity, landscape, miniature, abstract, figurative, surrealist, mixed media and mughal fresco.
This event is expected to cap last year’s success, ‘Visions of Harmony’ held at Lahore’s Arif Jah Haveli, which featured the lethal combination of Farida Khanum and M. F. Hussain — she sang and he painted.
Proceeds from the December event will be used to build five replicas of Sanjan Nagar, a very successful English-medium school which provides free education to girls, that was established in 1995 in Gulberg, Lahore.