srinagar A week-long exhibition of arbaeen at the Mahatta Art Gallery ended on Wednesday.
The Art, Photography and Calligraphy exhibition attracted the attention of art lovers who crowded the exhibition throughout the week.
The exhibition featured works by prominent artists, calligraphers and photographers from the Kashmir Valley. It also provided a platform for young artists to showcase their talent.
Nadiya Beigh, a student at the School of Architecture, has been passionate about art since she was a child. She was delighted to present her work at the Art Gallery.
“Exhibitions like this rarely take place in Kashmir. This exhibition features work by prominent artists, students and even young children,” said Nadiya.
“Exhibitions like this will go a long way in providing children with a platform to showcase their talent and inspire them to do better,” she added.
Afaq Hussain, a young photographer from Budgam, said he found out about the exhibition through social media.
He says he presented his work to the organizers and one of his paintings was exhibited at the gallery.
“It is a happy moment for me that my photo was exhibited. It encouraged me to work better in the future,” Afaq said.
Event organizer Ilyas Rizvi said the exhibition was named Mashq-e-Arbaeen as it coincides with Arbaeen.
“It was organized to pay tribute to the Martyrs of Karbala and to commemorate their sacrifices made for humanity. Imam Hussain unites all races and communities to work for the good of humanity,” Ilyas said
Ilyas also organized an Arbaeen Heritage Walk in old Srinagar.
Ilyas said he has been conducting heritage walks for many years, but for a few years he has been leading the Special Heritage Series during Muharram.
“This year we held an Arba’een Heritage Walk on Arba’een, composed mainly of women, to Aza Khana’s (mourning halls) of Zadibal. The group, which included some people from outside of Kashmir, witnessed these spaces draped in black banners and flags,” Ilyas said.
The group also had long interactive sessions at these Aza Khana where they spoke about inter-communal traditions of Muharram in Kashmir.
Syed Iftekhar Jalali spoke at his famous Jalali House in Zadibal on the historical background of the Zuljanah procession in Kashmir and how the Heritage House has been the center of inter-communal dialogue in the socio-religious and cultural fields.
In interactive sessions, participants also spoke about the personality of Haji Syed Hassan Rizvi and Haji Syed Ahmad, who have attained very high status in the spiritual realms known as “Ilm e Erfaan”.
The group also explored the Madeen Sahib shrine and talked about its historical significance.
The exhibition and Arbaeen walk were supported by Edraak, a movement aimed at reviving education through arts and aesthetics at the Kashmir and Mahatta studios.
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