Exhibition features Sher Garh’s Naqashi

The use of this technique is widespread in the Muslim world, where some orthodox opinions decree that the representation of the human form is forbidden. He said this art form came to the Indian subcontinent with Muslim invaders from Central Asia and was perfected in the reign of the Moguls. The 16th and 17th century buildings of Delhi, Agra, Lahore, Thatta and Peshawar are all embellished with Naqashi. Naqashi was also a branch of art in which the artists drew small pictures in books, he said. These pictures helped readers comprehend the meaning of lessons and stories. Illustrated books were considered more attractive than simple ones, he said, and played a significant role in promoting education. He said Europeans had realised the usefulness of Naqashi in education and had continuously used the art for this purpose. Sher Garh is a historical town in Okara district. The ancient settlement is named after Sher Shah Suri, a 16th century Afghan ruler who built a fort there. Sher Garh lies between the rivers Ravi and Sutlej. The Bhumman Shah village is about five kilometres from Haveli Lakha in Dipalpur Tehsil. Sher Garh and Bhumman Shah had were wealthy cultural hubs and became a minor centre of Naqashi in the area. There are many beautiful frescos on the walls of the Bhumman Shah temple. These are the depiction of scenes from Hindu mythology and are in urgent need for restoration. staff report


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