An exhibition of post cards on Faiz Ahmed Faiz based on the entries received for ‘Faiz Art Prize’ competition, were displayed on Tuesday at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

the event was organized by Nukta Art, Aman ke Asha and Progressive Writers Association (PWA) ‘The Post Card to Faiz’ as part of the Faiz centennial celebrations.

The participating artists created the artwork symbolising the artist’s dialogue with the poet’s verse, illustrate Faiz’s philosophy and interpret his message for peace, love, justice and fraternity, on a specially designed post card sheet of A4 size with a
logo, bringing the legend alive, if only on paper.

The idea was to bring together two cultural disciplines visual art and literature while the post cards were dispatched in Pakistan, India and Diaspora, globally and particularly wherever Faiz is extensively read and appreciated.

These post cards were well received as artists and art students participated enthusiastically from Pakistan, Canada, India, Australia, Canada, USA and UK. The most encouraging part was that the young enthusiasts and art students competed with some of the most
distinguished names such as Prof Saeed Akhtar, Mehar Afroz, Amin Gulgee among others, said an official of PNCA.

They visualized Faiz’s verses into a symbology and delivered it with quality and confidence.

There were 150 entries received while the awards were divided in different categories like artists and students’ category.

 A specially designed award created by eminent sculptor Shahid Sajjad based on a sculpture piece by internationally renowned scientist Dr Salimuzzaman Siddiqui a close friend of Faiz, was awarded to the winners for the different categories. A cash prize
for continuing their creative pursuits was given to the students.

The exhibition was the closing event of the Faiz centennial celebrations 2011. Unveiling of Faiz’s portrait bust in copper sculpted by Irfan Hakim was also part of the event.

Faiz has been the first chairperson of PNCA when it was created in 1973 under the act of the parliament in 1973.The bust shall remain as permanent feature of the National Art Gallery. The show continues till February 5.

“This is the most dignified and honourable way to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of a national celebrity and a legend”, said PNCA Director General Tauqeer Nasir.