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KARACHI: A large number of members of the Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP), Karachi, filled the council’s open-air auditorium in minutes on Sunday night to attend its annual general meeting.

The agenda for the rally was to seek members’ approval of last year’s deliberations and the audit report, which was done by a show of hands by the crowd. Nadeem Zafar, Executive Director of the ACP, moderated the event.

Speaking on the occasion, the chairman of the council, Ahmed Shah, said that the vision that Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had for the country is that we should become one nation (aik qaum), has not yet been realized. Special interests have tried to divide us on ethnic and religious grounds. [But] Pakistan’s artists (poets, writers, painters, philosophers, etc.) have continued to work with purity to project the country’s reputation around the world. And yet, the artist community is the lowest paid segment of society.

Mr Ahmed said the council over the years had tried from its platform to do its part. “I have been running this institution for 14 years. My colleagues include well-known artists and writers, not only from Karachi but from across Sindh province and the rest of the country.

Praising the Indus Valley Civilization, he said ours is the most important civilization from which traces of our liberal past can be found. Efforts have been made to push us back in time, but intellectuals do not belong in the corridors of power. It is intellectuals like Plato, Shah Latif and Bulleh Shah who give direction to society. “How many people know the kings of England? But everyone knows who Shakespeare is.

After his speech, a video highlighting the work the council has been undertaking lately was released.

Karachi Commissioner Iqbal Memon, who is also the chairman of APC, in his presidential address said he was proud to be the chairman of the council which works to promote art and culture.

Mr. Memon said that language is not just a means of communication. It is our whole culture and our heritage. Lamenting the lack of knowledge of regional languages ​​and Urdu, he argued that most people wanted to communicate in English.

“This is the agenda of [of vested interests] that we are kept at a distance from our languages, our culture and our history… Recently, I was abroad where I learned that coffee was our drink which started in Tunis and was initially called qahwah. It’s part of Arab culture but now it’s called coffee. And we don’t know. »

Posted in Dawn, December 28, 2021

Norma D. Ross