Dir Tourism interacts with artists
Srinagar, Aug 23: Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah Wednesday visited Cultural Center at Nawhatta where photography exhibition cum workshop is in full swing.
The workshop was inaugurated on the occasion of world photography day on August 19, 2017 and is being organized by the department of tourism Kashmir and Gayoor Art Foundation.
Scores of the selected photographs on culture, heritage, art and craft, people, food, local architecture and landscape have been put on display during the workshop.
Hundreds of locals and tourists who visited the center during the workshop appreciated the work of the artists and the organizers for portraying Kashmir’s beauty and other aspects through beautiful photographs.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said it is department’s endeavor to promote local culture, art, craft and landscape through such open workshops.
“The culture center facility at Nowhatta has become a common platform for the local youth especially artists to exhibit their talent and skills in different arts. Earlier, we organized calligraphy exhibition which was followed by creative writing workshop. Now this photography exhibition is attracting youth to this place,” said Mahmood Shah.
Director Tourism said the department will continue to hold such activities in Cultural Centre to highlight the potential of the local youth in different fields and bring this historic place on tourism map.
Gyoor Art Foundation selected best 55 photographs which were put on display at the cultural center out of which best five photographs will be awarded.
One of the artists Ishfaq Ali said the culture center has helped him get a platform to showcase his skills.
Owing to the good response to the workshop which was scheduled to conclude today, the organizers decided to continue it for few more days.
“I had put on display my calligraphic works here and now I also have my photo collection on heritage, art and craft. People come here and appreciate my works. I have also sold my works on calligraphy and photography to many visitors,” said Ishfaq.
Nawshad H Gayoor of Gayoor Art Foundation said the workshop was very interactive in which the artist learnt from each other. (KNS)