Indonesia-Pak Photo Exhibition Draws Crowds


ISLAMABAD:

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and Lok Virsa organized a five-day photo exhibition entitled “A Night at the Lok Virsa Museum: The Confluence of Civilization Between Indonesia and Pakistan”, from July 21 to July 24 at the Lok Virsa Museum.

The exhibition is a humble attempt to connect the dots of ancient civilization including art form, sculptures, architecture and the spread of various religions in the archipelago across the Indian subcontinent.

“A Night at Lok Virsa Museum”, aims to shed light on new perspectives on historical ties, religious origins and strengthen cultural ties between the two Muslim brotherly countries.

The inaugural ceremony brought together the diplomatic corps, the business community, government officials, prominent media personalities and the Indonesian diaspora.

Indonesian Ambassador Adam Tugio said Indonesia and Pakistan are home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world.

“Pakistan and Indonesia are blessed with rich cultural heritage and traditions with interesting and attractive similarities that play an important role in strengthening brotherly bonds,” he added.

Audiences enjoyed the fusion and blending of Indonesian and Pakistani music in blending local spiciness, while Pakistani performers flaunted their tabla, flute and rubab expertise.

The Pakistani musicians also performed the song “Hello hello Sayang tu”, which means “Hello my dear” in Indonesian, from the famous Pakistani film “Bandish”.

The Executive Director of Lok Virsa, Mr. Sajjad Ahmad, said, “We hope that this joint effort by Lok Virsa and the Indonesian Embassy will go a long way in promoting and strengthening the existing cultural relations between the Indonesia and Pakistan.

Visitors were captivated by the photo exhibition, Indonesian batik and Ajrak booth, which showcased a diverse range of vibrant and traditional products.

The live batik making and Ajrak stamping attracted a large crowd, and the skill and creativity of the craftsmen were highly appreciated.

In addition, the event was followed by an Indonesian dinner hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

The guests were served a variety of Indonesian delicacies such as satay ayyam, nasi goreng, fried noodles, martabak, layer cake and many more dishes.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22n/a2022.

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