Turathuna “Our Heritage”
Turathuna means ‘our heritage’. This is the title of a stunning exhibition of Islamic Art and Crafts being organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Pakistan at the Ana Special Mall from 18-21 September, 2012.
The exhibition will be inaugurated by Princess Jawaher bint Majed bin Abdul Aziz at 7:30pm on the 18th of September, 2012
There will be five categories of art work by well-known artists such as M. A. Bukhari and Mehboob Ali: Calligraphy, Islamic Architecture, Furniture, Miniature and Jewellery with calligraphic designs.
From the Turathuna website:
Turathuna will exhibit vibrant and distinctive features of Islamic art.
Arabic script has been an important constituent of Pakistan’s Islamic heritage. Among Muslims, the art of lettering is connected with religious emphasis on reading the scripture. With this emphasis, the artistic expression of Arabic script has attracted all segments of Muslim societies throughout centuries and across the Islamic world. Turathuna will highlight the continuity of tradition of calligraphy which goes back to the time of Caliph Umar Ibn Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) and Caliph Ali (May Allah be pleased with him). In various Islamic lands this tradition has been carefully nurtured and enriched, particularly in Pakistan where it constitutes country’s primary cultural identity and heritage.
Majestic domes and minarets, ornamented pulpits of mosques and religious schools, palaces, courtyards, beautiful gardens with water fountains and fragrant roses, spacious caravanserais and tombs decorated with patterned brickwork, tile mosaic often in blue, golden and green, splendid molded mihrab facings with columnar bands of Quranic inscriptions, sophisticated geometrical and floral engravings and high ramparts. These features characterize magnificent Islamic architecture. Islamic countries including Pakistan host world’s finest Islamic architecture. The Art Expo will celebrate the glory of Islamic architecture in beautiful paintings.
The origin of miniature art is attributed to the Umayyad doctors who had commissioned painters to develop illustrated training manuals for scientific explanations. Miniature illustrations were, inter alia, utilized to show important scenes as well as acts of war and peace in popular legends and stories such as Alf Laila wa Laila, Dastaan Amir Hamza, Qissa Yusuf Zulaikha etc. With the passage of time, miniature became an integral part of Arab, Persian, Turkic and Pakistan’s Islamic art traditions. In Pakistan, it has acquired the status of national art under the rubric of the Mughal Art. The Art Expo will showcase this cultural delicacy in its true colours and technique.
In many Muslim lands, craftsmen treated wood as a precious resource. They learned to use small pieces of it to great artistic advantage, elaborating such techniques as carving and marquetry, in which a surface is entirely covered with little pieces of wood veneer laid side-by-side to form patterns. Turathuna will showcase some of the exquisite pieces of furniture made in Pakistan.
The Turathuna website also provides more information about the calligraphers and the different types of calligraphy on display. You can read about the tradition of arts and crafts in Pakistan and even find a map for the exhibition. Timings for the exhibition are 10am – 1:30pm and 5 – 11pm.
– Sabaa Ali