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April 17, 2018

Brilliance of floral art as medium of expression


April 17, 2018

Islamabad: To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Floral Art Society of Pakistan (FAS) Islamabad-Rawalpindi Chapter organised a fundraising event showcasing a floral depiction of the evergreen narrative,’ Anarkali’ by Imtiaz Ali Taj.

The purpose was to ‘display the brilliance of utilising floral art as a medium of expression while contributing to the welfare of society. Proceeds from the show will go towards purchasing a new dialysis machine for the Pakistan Kidney Patients Association (PKPA). MC’s for the show were Sufia Shahid and Zeenat Salim, who also created the exhibit at the entrance.

It was a ‘full house’ attendance, evidence of how diligently members had worked not only to present the show but also to see that enough funds were collected to make a difference. While the drama part of the show was satisfactory - there are always a few glitches in such productions - the floral arrangements were a real ‘wow’ factor! From the symbolic pomegranate flower (Farhana Azim) from which the heroine emerges, to the peacock (Farhat Zaman); sparkling fountain (Aisha Khalid); trees, backdrops and other paraphernalia that went into each scene, the creativity that the members displayed was amazing and they can rightfully be proud of themselves. Regretfully, all names cannot be mentioned. It is a pity everything was dismantled after the show – more funds could have been collected by charging a small fee from visitors, as the whole set up was worth displaying so that more people could see the creativity of Pakistani women!

The show began a little late with Sufia Shahid saying a few words about the history of FASP; its efforts to ‘give back’ to the community and the laurels it has earned for Pakistan in international shows, while expressing her feelings with a song. The first scene showed Shahzada Saleem strolling in the garden when he hears music nad comes upon Anarkali playing the sitar. Enamored by her beauty he offers her a flower as a token of his love. Scene two shows Anarkali performing in the Great Darbar on Akbar’s command, during which he sees the secret communication between the two lovers; is overcome with rage and orders Anarkali be arrested. In the third scene Ankarli is sentenced and buried alive behind a wall. There are many speculations about whether this story is true; a concocted legend or a figment of someone’s imagination but it has captured hearts and minds for generations. There is also a belief among many that Anarkali escaped and lived a life of anonymity. Who knows?

In conclusion president FAS, Ghazala Abdullah also said a few words about the society; thanked the sponsors of the event and invited the CEO o PKPA, Col. ® Yunus Bhatti to say a few words after introducing him and his work. The elderly gentlemen paid loving tribute to his wife – whose ailment let to the establishment of PKPA - in heartwarming words that brought tears to many eyes and thanked his colleagues for their support. He invited the audience to come and see what the association is doing for the people who cannot afford expensive treatment for their kidney problems.

The show ended with a joyful proclamation by Ghazala Abdullah, “Let the celebration begin;” the last hidden arrangement which was a ‘20’ made from white roses was unveiled and sparkling confetti came down from above. For this scene all FAS members should have been present but they came on later to well deserved applause from the audience.

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