Srinagar will get its first personal artwork gallery, courtesy COVID

By | March 13, 2022


Lockdown compelled city planner to color Kashmir of his youth and finally open the power

Lockdown compelled city planner to color Kashmir of his youth and finally open the power

The 2-year pause imposed by the pandemic compelled a Srinagar-born and Saudi Arabia-based city planner  to have a look at life and Kashmir otherwise. He began portray Kashmir from his recollections of the Nineteen Eighties and finally determined to dedicate the primary ever personal artwork gallery to artists of Kashmir.

“There was not a lot to do in the course of the COVID lockdown. My daughter in Dubai purchased me paint and a brush. It took me to the gorgeous places of Kashmir that I visited in 1983 as a part of my analysis venture on the Faculty of Planning and Structure, New Delhi. It was like rediscovering Kashmir in addition to myself,” Iajaz Naqshbandi, 63, informed  The Hindu.

He was in a position to produce 24 oil work, largely landscapes with serene, unpolluted and virgin places. A lot of them are already offered.

“There’s a deliberate try and hold urbanisation away in my works. My work are popping out of anger and never pleasure. The calmness and the pristine magnificence have been already tarnished by urbanisation. Even outdated, conventional and indigenous structure is vanishing. Kashmir has stark architectural resemblance with Turkey, which has managed to protect it. In Kashmir, every part is getting bulldozed,” mentioned Mr. Naqshbandi.

His art work is each a lament and a clarion name. “My art work speaks of what has been misplaced. The brand new technology wants to come back ahead to protect our legacy, whether or not in pure magnificence or structure. For that, they have to be re-introduced to them once more,” he added.

To fill the hole with the brand new technology, he had devoted a registered artwork gallery at Srinagar’s Regal Chowk, which was thrown open final Thursday for all of the artwork lovers of Kashmir along with his works on show. 

‘Rediscover roots’

“I need individuals to make use of this house. It can additionally assist us de-stress ourselves by taking us away from the opposite realities we reside in Kashmir. I need individuals to rediscover their roots,” Mr. Naqshbandi, who has labored with a French firm as a venture supervisor, mentioned.  

The artwork gallery has come at a time when the Valley lacked any such everlasting house. It additionally comes within the backdrop of the closure of an artwork gallery by the Tourism division following an issue in 2015.   

“I dream that this gallery turns into a spot the place individuals observe Kashmir’s misty mornings, the waterfalls and the sunshine over meadows in work,” he mentioned, whereas expressing his helplessness over the fast-changing panorama of Kashmir. 

“Every thing about Kashmir is altering. The spots I visited within the Nineteen Eighties in south Kashmir’s Achabal has no forest cowl now nor any pastoral group  

He admitted that the gallery wouldn’t have come into being however for COVID-pandemic. “The pandemic did power me to consider life anew. It’s a small gesture from that realisation,” he added.


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