|I am honored to take charge as the Chairperson of the Board Of Governors of the Lahore Arts Council, a prestigious body founded by Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Patras Bokhari. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by the architecture of the Alhamra Art Centre, Mall Road, and Alhamra Open-Air Cultural Complex. Both spaces hold a special place in my heart as I have performed in plays and participated in art competitions on these incredibly-designed premises. It's an honor for Lahore, too; in fact, to have a significant public infrastructure facility, designed by Nayyar Ali Dada, dedicated to the arts, that has won the Aga Khan award for architecture. Hosting the Lahore Literary Festival at Alhamra Mall gives it a distinct aura and indeed lends the character that the LLF strives for—an inclusive, enriching event for all! As Chairman of Lahore Arts Council, I will strive to make the body even more vibrant, open, diverse, and programmatically stronger than before. From within and after, all strands of society will be welcomed to champion the spiritually elevating power of the arts. We are open and will be delighted to hear your ideas!
|The art and culture of a country are the outward manifestation of its people's collective pride and identity, built over centuries by both physical and mental forces. Pakistan has the best recognition for its literature and culture worldwide; a small example is that Lahore was awarded the status of "The City of Literature" by UNESCO for its love for literature and culture. This is the reason why the greatness and success of a nation are measured by its cultural development. Culture and arts have changed evolution over time is an apparent reality, but the foundation remains the same. Alhamra, a cultural institution, is a platform for the young generation and talent, where people of every age, city, and religion can develop their skills. We believe that if the ability can be motivated to lead to positive results, our tomorrow will be very bright and glorious. But to maintain our uniqueness in a constantly changing world, we must move forward with enthusiasm and high morale as a potential force. So that it can be brought to great heights while maintaining the art, culture, and traditions of this region and protecting and developing it.