MTFA Kick-Off Football Tournament 2008 Final

MTFA Kick-Off Football Tournament 2008 Final

“All the arrangements of the final of MTFA Kick-Off Football Tournament 2008 are being completed and we will arrange the event in befitting manner on Saturday night. It will be colorful final with separate enclosure for Families, school children and Media, ‘ this is stated by Model Town Football Academy (MTFA)’s Mian Rizwan Ali today.

The Post National

An Argentinean artist, Mariano Akerman has been striving to bridge the gap of culture and customs among people. “I think of myself as a bridge between various cultures and traditions,” Akerman said to The Post. Akerman told us he was delighted to be in Pakistan. His major concern is education. He is here to open the window of cultural diversity. “Pakistan is a country rich in culture and traditions,” he observed enthusiastically. Recalling his first impression about Pakistani art, Akerman remembered that “Lok Virsa Heritage Museum was my first introduction to Pakistani culture. It was indeed a marvellous experience and impressed me a lot, due to its multi-traditional dimension.” Commenting on the local population, Akerman thinks that “In general, Pakistani people are nice and I feel comfortable here. Not even for a second I had the feeling of being an alien in this country; I come from a multi-cultural one, it’s name is Argentina.” Sharing his experiences about Eid ul fitar in Pakistan, he commented that it was a simple and wonderful event, as lots of people invited him to their homes and offered him sweet dishes. Describing a most attractive thing of Pakistan, Akerman prized its natural beauty, which he says gives him peace of mind. He also likes the variety of the seasons here, “One can enjoy bright sunny light, heavy rain, drizzling, hailstorms, amazingly beautiful autumn and springtime. In this sense, nature has blessed the country.” Referring to the local food, he said he finds it delicious and a bit too spicy. Considering the actual situation in Pakistan, Akerman rejects its portrayal as a problematic country, for “good things and bad things can be seen everywhere in these days.” Mariano Akerman respects every nation and every religion. He values life. Being aware of the differences between the East and the West, he observes that they still need to learn from each other. “The East,” for instance, “may adopt modern technologies from the West and simultaneously spread part of its spiritual wisdom there.” Akerman explained his view about the fundamentals of relationships world wide, noting that they should be developed on the basis of dialogue. He added he liked many of the traditions of Pakistan. He believes a dialogue between tradition and modernisation is both possible and necessary. According to him, Pakistan on one hand is moving towards modernisation while on the other tries to preserve its culture and heritage. As an artist, Akerman abhors the idea of a world without diversity. “Imagine a world which is uniform. Would you like to live in a place where all people look identical, speak the same language, do the same things and think the very same way? Such a world would be a terribly poor world. It would also be terribly boring. I am for cultural diversity. God has created a world based on diversity, not uniformity. You only have to contemplate nature for a while. There is diversity everywhere.” Paraphrased source: Anwer Abbas, “Artist’s Endeavours to promote Cultural Diversity,” The Post, Islamabad, 02.07.08, sect. B, p. 2; source has been modified and rectified in order to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings.


The Second Floor: In Conversation with Sara Suleri Goodyear
Time: 06:00 PM
Venue: The Second Floor (aka T2F)
Fee: Free!

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Oxford University Press and The Second Floor (t2f) invite you to an evening of conversation with Sara Suleri Goodyear. Sara Suleri Goodyear, Professor of English at Yale University, is the author of Meatless Days, The Rhetoric of English in India, and Boys will be Boys: A Daughter’s Elegy. She was a founding editor of The Yale Journal of Criticism, and serves on the editorial boards of YJC, The Yale Review, and Transition. Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.
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Duration: 09:30 AM To 04:30 PM
Venue: Marriott Hotel
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Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: Regent Plaza
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Featured Artist – Mani Chao

Mani Chao is a young passionate Bharat Natyam dancer, art teacher and actor from Karachi. He is one of Sheema Kirmanis students known for his wonderful form and excellent pieces he performed with Sheema.

Dancer, Art Teacher, Actor : Mani Chao

Name : Mani Chao

City : Karachi

Age : 30

Field : Dancer, Art Teacher, Actor


Email :

Cell :

Website :

Current Motto :

About your work:
My first performance was at my sister’s wedding. I always danced with friends and started in my childhood. I was feeling really proud when I was dancing and I got appreciation. My family liked me seeing dancing at home. Seriously I started 1991 with Sheema Karmani in Karachi. I saw Shema Karmanis picture in a magazine and decided to join her classes. In this time she was leaving for India so I had to wait for a while until I became her student. I was really excited of joining her class and on her side there was a lot of excitement as well and she started teaching me without fees. Because of my passion and excitement I was able to perform just after three months at a seminar for physically challenged people. Whatever I am as a dancer or actor is because of Sheema. Sadia Khan was a college and a friend of mine and pushed me not to quit dance. I am also teaching in Karachi Grammar School as an art&craft teacher. There I am also teaching Bharata Natyam with about 30 or 35 young pupils (age 5-9).

Feel as a dancer now? What is the value of dance?
Dance is really important for my life. I sometimes thought about quitting dance and concentrate on some other job, but I realized that I have to go back to try my best as a dancer. I think it is difficult to make a life with dancing in our society, but after all the energy I spent for Dance and my great passion for it I continued doing it.You also acted in few plays, why?
In the beginning there were forcing me to act and I helped Shema with different plays. I didn’t really enjoy doing it, but after some plays I grew into it and nowadays it is nice to do stage plays as well. Dance is coming from my soul, with acting it was more difficult. It was important for me to get appreciation to get more self confidence as an actor on stage. I would also like to work as a choreographer, but there hasn’t been an opportunity so far.

What is the state of dance in 
Pakistan as an art form?
In the 60s people were appreciating dance, even people from the middle class used to take classes. During Zia ul Haq a lot of dancers had to leave like Nahid Siddiqui, Khan Sham and all the academies closed down. Later there used to be a flourishing scene even in the 90s, but nowadays there are hardly any performances. Mostly people are not that interested in doing it seriously, as a profession. The society and the state are not supportive in promoting classical art forms. In Lahore there are more Kathak Dancers and students, but for Paratnatin there are no new students in Pakistan. Even NAPA is not supporting dance.

Why people need art? What is the essence of Art?

People need art to be relaxed and to express their feelings and themselves. The environment of a lot of people is depressing and stressful. Art can be a way out of this pressure of society.

What could improve the situation of art in Pakistan?
Government support, to have more dance schools, media support, dancing programs, more art education at schools, more chances for performances, family support, visa situation should be a little bit more relaxed to have an exchange with classical arts

What are your upcoming projects?
There is a play to join the Youth Theatre Festival in October in Lahore with my theatre group Naweed I Nou and I am going to perform my first solo show in Karachi.
Two TV productions for private channels, Doku Film

Favourite Food?
Bryani, Dhal Jawell

What is you favorite music?
Classical and instrumental music

What kind of events do you attend?
Dance performances and theatre

About Karachi or Pakistani culture:
I like Karachi very much, but more cultural events and performances have to be developed. In Lahore there is a bigger scene, it is very difficult with promotion in Karachi.

What would you express with?
Sa relax

Re free

Ga happy

Ma self

Pa sit

dha jump

ni loud shout

Do the following colors have some meaning for you?
Black – sad

White – peace

Red – aggression

Yellow – romance

Green – fresh

Blue – lonely, sad, myself

Turquoise – pure

Brown – heavy

Violet –

Orange – juicy

I want to be like rainbow

Since when are you in the music/art scene?

Who is your inspiration?
Sheema Karmani, Sadia Khan and my eldest sister baji

What is your message?
Inqilab-e-artist azadi-e-artist
Revolution and freedom of and for artists

Babur Kamal

Islamabad: Art historian, Mariano Akerman, on Thursday stepped on the dais of the International Foreign [Women’s] Association, exactly at 7 p.m. for his lecture on Discovering Belgian Art and also to commemorate the International Year of Cultural Diversity. The lecture hall at that time was half full, and more people drifted in late to show their contempt to punctuality[,] a habit which has somehow become ingrained in many of us. Akerman lecture had an inner meaning. It was that though painters might [have risen] to the hall of fame through individual brilliance[,] their art received influences from a number of masters from different countries, and each artist contributed to freedom of expression. He said, Belgian art had its origin in small things such [as] a prayer book done by the Limbourg brothers, who painted 12 calendar months in a minuscule size book, which is an example of miniature painting, common to the East. He added, the painter who developed oil painting was a Belgian, Jan van Eyck (1390-1441, active in Bruges), [who] was the founder of the new art of the 15th century and heralded the Renaissance in northern Europe. In 90 minutes Akerman took the audience on a journey of five centuries of Belgian art and touched the works of [Jan van Eyck], [Rogier de la Pasture], Gerard David, and ended with modern masters such as Constantin Meunier, impressionist [Armand] de Beul, modernist James [Ensor], Fernarnd Khnopff, René Magritte and [Folon]. He suggested that anyone who looks at a painting should employ his inner eyes. Artists and painters express many ideas but the most persuasive one in art over the centuries, has been the [fate] of the human body, which must get old and eventually face[s] decay and death. In the same way, many artists have also looked at the pollution of the land and conveyed the same idea in the shape of burning chimneys. Akerman said a number of modern painters have caricatured the senseless act of war by depicting two warring camps fighting over possession of useless things [e.g., Ensor’s Two Skeletons fighting over a Smoked Herring]. Art should rise above mimicking details and go on to meditate higher values of mind. Akerman ended his lecture by showing three [art]works he has done lately. One showed Frenchmen, enthused by arts and free expression, the second showed the family of nations contemplating on the heritage of culture, and the third depicting the Belgian perspective in arts. Earlier, the lecture was scheduled at the French Culture Centre but was shifted to this venue after recent disturbances, especially the explosion at Denmark Embassy. However, Director Matthieu Declercq of Alliance Française was present to thank guests as well as [members of] the Belgian Embassy [who supported] the cultural function. [Argentinean] Mariano Akerman was born in Buenos Aires and was educated at the School of Architecture at Belgrano. He has interest in Belgian art and has lectured on this subject at a number of international centres. Source: Jonaid Iqbal, “Art Historian highlights Cultural Diversity,” Business Recorder, Islamabad-Lahore-Karachi, National News, p. 8


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Featured Artist – Aqeel Solangi

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I am Aqeel Solangi. Artist (Painter), living and working in Pakistan. I am teaching at NCA (Rawalpindi campus) as an Assistant Professor in the department of Fine arts. At present I am also running my own studio for drawing and painting classes at Harley Street Rawalpindi since June 2007.
I joined Mehboob Painters at Khairpur (Mir’s) Sindh, (a sign and cinema board painter for apprenticeship around 1996-97). Having back ground of that vast field of cinema board painting I joined Department of Fine arts at National College of Arts Lahore in 2000 for pursuing BFA and successfully passed with honours in 2003. Then I enrolled at MA (Hons.) Visual Art at the same institution in 2004 and completed in 2005.

I also worked as an art director and as a designer with Afzal studio and Image Bank in Lahore, where I painted huge size backdrops for commercial and art photography and also designed Photo Albums.

I was awarded the Young Talent award 2006 by Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and my work has been collected nationally and internationally including India and in the UK.
I was the recipient of NCA/VITA-CW Pak. Trust art bursary in 2006 to spend a term at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts London. 

Painter : Aqeel Solangi

Name : Aqeel Solangi

City : Ranipur (Sindh), currently living in Rawalpindi

Age : 26

Field : Painter


Email : 

Cell : +92 301 4430556

Website :

Current Motto : Art is nothing more than the shadow of humanity. (Henry James).

About your work and vision
My concerns are about time and memory. I explore non physical realities through the depiction of physical layers. In other words the physical character of the wall (painted layers) gives the impressions of some one’s presence. It is similar like repaint the surrounding and live with that. In that sense each layer is covered with some one’s presence. Purpose for creating that imagery is like those images creates the sort of layers on my mind. In other words each person I meet, every place I visit, they build my memory layer by layer. I took this point and created the imagery of self constructed narratives, in this way I am investigating the association about my own previous time (past). (Clouds, Draperies, and flowers in elliptical light are the personal symbols about something like reminiscence).Current projects/activities: Teaching at NCA (Rwp. campus) as an Assistant Professor in Department of Fine Arts. Running my personal studio for Drawing and Painting at Harley street Rawalpindi.

About Lahore or Pakistani culture:
If we expand the horizon to look beyond ‘Partition’, our culture is rooted in highly prestigious activities, the cultural diversity is the true essence of this country, there is no need to change remaining one but the necessity requires preserving it for next generations.

Work Samples: 
• 2008: International Art Exhibition. Sindh University. Jamshoro. Pakistan 
• 2006: Exhibition of Paintings and Mixed Media works. Nairang Galleries. 
• 2006: 8th National Show. 20th Annual Exhibition Artists Association of Punjab. Alhamra. Lahore.
• 2006: A Vision Of The Future. Exhibition of Young Artists. Alhamra. Lahore.
• 2004: 4th International Exhibition of Calligraphy. Pakistan Calligraph Artist’s Guild (PCG). Alhamra. Lahore.

Next Events: working on my upcoming solo exhibition.

Media releases: 
The News on Sunday “Encore”. January 4, 2004.
Weekly Cutting Edge. June 07-13, 2006.
The Nation Plus metro. May 25, 2006.
The News international, May 25, 2006.
Daily News May 30, 2006.

Since when are you in the music/art scene?

Why did you choose being an artist as your profession?
To become the part of that thread (Art community) which connect with and pay tribute to the Human being’s unlimited and alive expression.

What do you think should be done to improve the situation of artists in Pakistan?
To adapt the contemporary ways of awareness. To provide multiple platforms and debates. To bridge the gap between regional and cosmopolitan Art scene.

What do you think about the Pakistani food scene? 
Its matter of taste, we have a variety of food in all different regions of Pakistan, it is marvelous and that we can say ours.

Which kind of events do you attend? 
any sort of gathering which enhance the visual culture.

Do we really need art and music if yes why? 
Yes, in my opinion Art is about expression and experience, whether it is Dance, Painting, and Singing etc. it keeps alive our souls, and provides a thought for new visions.

What are your upcoming projects? 
Working on my solo exhibition.

What kind of music do you like?
Classical Eastern.

Who is your inspiration?
Ms. Mussarat Mirza (Artist working at Sukkur, Sindh).

What is your message?
“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality” 
Les Brown

Mariano Akerman

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ARGENTINE PAINTER, CRACK THE BRUSH. On June 26, 2008, three paintings by Mariano Akerman were displayed in the IFWA Center of Islamabad. “Among the Nations,” “Francophonie and company.” And “Amistad” leading to Anwar Abbas to write a new article, translated below. Islamabad: Born in Buenos Aires, Argentine Mariano Akerman is a renowned historian and painter, with a strong control over your brush. It reflects his feelings and thoughts through incredible images, whose shapes and colors surprise and fascinate the public. During an exclusive interview with The Post, Akerman shared some of his thoughts about art. According to him, an artist today can not be the slave of reality but their emperor. . “The artist needs to create a new reality and not merely mimic the existing” Akerman reminds us of the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “It is only with the heart that one looks good; what is essential is invisible. “Akerman states that” appearance is not essential “and he certainly is not a painter of appearances. Recalling his introduction to the field of visual arts, Akerman evokes its very beginnings when to doodles and drawings at two years of age. After receiving encouragement from her aunt Moroca, painter that reveals more of its secrets and propels his artistic confidence. Moroca includes the work of Mariano Akerman in several exhibitions House Painting Argentina in Buenos Aires. As a painter, Mariano Akerman exhibited his work individually or in groups in Argentina, Spain, Japan, the Philippines and Sweden. It also receives twelve international awards. Akerman is expressed by techniques that use water as agent (watercolors and tempera, for example). Also likes to make collages and drawing. The sketches are important to him, since it is also an architect. Considerable symbolism is implied from his work. But the artist refuses to reveal it: “sometimes,” says solemnly. “Talking about art is as necessary as it is dancing to architecture” Mariano Akerman uses brushes his way and consciously try to let go of some traditional methods. It tells us who values ​​creativity and the ability to invent. However, the painter acknowledges that the past is always present in his imagery. Indeed, it is an art historian. Source: Anwar Abbas, “Argentinean painter Who is a dab hand with brush,” The Post, Islamabad, 06.07.08, B-2


Type: Music
Time: 09:00 PM
Venue: Arts Council of Pakistan
Fee: Free!
Arts Council of Pakistan and Unique Presentation jointly present a tribute to late Ustad Qawwal Bahauddin where his admirers from Pakistan and abroad will pay tribute to him followed by mehfil-e-samaa by his sons Najmuddin, Saifuddin & brothers. The program is scheduled for Thursday 08 November 2007 at 9pm at Karachi Arts Council. Those interested in pure traditional Qawwali form are welcome. Entrance free of charge. For any further information, please contact on any of the following numbers:0304 21592690300 25752150334 39114172742861Thanks and regards

Featured Artist – Huma Mulji and David Chalmers Alesworth

This time we present you a “Featured Artist Couple”: Huma Mulji (HM) and David Chalmers Alesworth (DCA).

HM: I was born in Karachi and moved to Lahore in 2002 to teach at the School of Visual Art, Beaconhouse National University. Apart from that, I facilitate the Vasl Artists Residency and related events in Lahore.

DCA: I grew up in the UK and moved to Karachi in 1988 and subsequently to Lahore in 2006. I also teach at BNU as well as undertaking some landscape design consultancy in addition to my art practice.

Visual Arts : Huma Mulji and David Chalmers Alesworth

Name : Huma Mulji and David Chalmers Alesworth

City : Lahore

Age : 38

Field : Visual Arts


Email : hmulji(AT) / alesworth(AT) 

Cell : 

Website : /

Current Motto : 

About your work and vision:

HM: I enjoy cultural and visual conflicts, those of images and language, that are an outfall of living 300 years in the past and 30 years in the future. My work too, looks at these ironic juxtapositions.


 I’ve worked through a number of periods and across cultures. My concerns continue to evolve but a common thread has been a critique of the art gallery as a privileged space.

Current and future exhibitions:

Half Life: NCA gallery, February 16-March 4, 2009
High Rise: Elementa Gallery Dubai, May 6- May 30, 2009
Hanging Fire-Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society, New York, September, 2009

Half Life: NCA gallery, February 16-March 4, 2009-02-05
I also have works in the national collection of Pakistan as well as various international collections. 

About Lahore or Pakistani culture:

HM: The unfiltered acceptance of all available combinations of cultural possibilities is great. It’s the greatest country to be living in as an artist J The wealth of material, both in terms of material literally, but also material as in a wealth of things to make art about. The disregard of individual responsibility towards a broader urban vision, for the city or country is unforgiveable.

DCA: The decorated transport phenomena in Pakistan ranks very high for me, its something Pakistan should be proud to host and actively protect and encourage. Hoarding painting is another dying urban craft that could easily be kept alive through corporate sponsorship. The lack of civic sense at every level is something that needs to change urgently; people need to believe in the possibility of positive change in their lives.

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Next Events (also recommendations of other events or artists):

(Jointly)Unum Babar, Exhibition at Rohtas Gallery, February 9th, for two weeks
Sajjad Ahmed, Exhibition at Al-Hamra Art Gallery, from February 6th, for two weeks.
Critical Mass, a group of bicycle enthusiasts! In Lahore. Free and loads of fun. Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. we meet at Zakir Tikka, in Cantt.

Since when are you in the music/art scene?

HM: Since 1995

 Pakistan since 1988

Why did you choose being an artist as your profession?

HM: It was an accident 😉

 Art and science are the two axis of enquiry that motivate my life.

What do you think should be done to improve the situation of arts in Pakistan?

HM: Support for existing arts popular crafts and everyday objects, perhaps something like the state emporia in India. And the Museum of Everyday objects at Sanskriti Kendra in Delhi. A public museum of modern and contemporary art is the most crucial. Better care of historical sites. More private collectors to be interested contemporary art, Open competitions for possibilities for public art. The roundabouts in the city are AWFUL. Is the horse our national animal????

DCA: Definitely more international quality exhibition spaces and the administrative structure and budget to run them professionally. Then some of the big touring shows can be hosted here, and Pakistan might host some of its own. In short more global interaction and exposure.

With which artists have you been working together/jamming?

HM: I teach with a number of really interesting artists. Bani Abidi, Rashid Rana, Marium Suhail, Ayyaz Jokhio, David Alesworth, Risham Syed and Gwendolyn Kulick.  I also discuss ideas with, and have a lot to share with Adnan Madani (Karachi), Sarnath Bannerjee (Delhi), Anup Mathew Thomas (Bangalore). I have also collaborated on public art projects with : 1999-2002, Shilpa Gupta from Mumbai, with art students towards 13 Satellites of Lahore in 2007-8, and with Vasl Artists Collective, for residencies in 2006-2008.

DCA: Adnan Madani, the Karachi based artist is someone I’ve been working with in the last year, we produced a collaborative video titled “The Frankfurt School”. Also at BNU my colleagues as listed above. I also enjoy working alongside non-art world collaborators, urban crafts people such as welders and fabricators. I really enjoy the camaraderie of working together to find new solutions to technical issues.

What do you think about the Pakistani food scene?

HM: Its not adventurous enough. But there is a lot more experimentation happening with growing great fruits, vegetables and herbs in the country. Perhaps because of the popularity of BBC Food? The idea of “authentic” does not feature. But “Daali” foods, initiated by Samia Mumtaz is a great introduction. Food Street by contrast, was much better before it was “adopted”, if a little less accessible to this wide a range of people. 

DCA: There’s been a trend towards locally grown exotic produce like hybrid tomatoes, ruccula, avocados, organic produce and lots of fresh herbs, which is great. Local cheeses should be next. This is the way towards making a truly diverse cuisine sustainable and accessible to all. I think good food is all about having diverse choices and these should originate in high quality local produce.

Do we really need art and music if yes why?

HM: For a sense of wonder. For sanity.

 There’s always a slightly subversive edge to good contemporary art and music that’s about challenging the status quo and positing new ways to be. I also think great music is essentially devotional by nature.