Pak Embassy organizes Chughtai Art Awards competition at Konya

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ISLAMABAD, June 3 (APP): As part of cultural diplomacy,
the Pakistan Embassy in Ankara organized the Chughtai Art
Awards competition in the Konya province.
The thematic focus of the competition was “Mughal
/Turkish Art & Architecture of Pakistan.”
The event was organized in collaboration with the Konya
branch of Turkey’s Ministry of National Education, a message
received here from Ankara on Friday said.
Depicting the theme, a total of 28 paintings were
shortlisted for consideration by a panel of independent
judges, and nine paintings were finally selected for prizes in
three categories.
The painting by Mr ™mer Baran of Konya €imento Fine Arts
High School won the first prize, while those by Ms. Melisa
Toker of Meram Anadolu High School and Ms. Nazli Canan €al of Konya €imento Fine Arts High School received second and third prizes, respectively.
Speaking at the Prize Distribution Ceremony, Pakistan’s
Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood appreciated the talent,hard work and deep thinking of the participants of the
Chughtai Art competition, and congratulated the students who won prizes and certificates of distinction.
He also congratulated their families, teachers and
schools for the invaluable support they were providing in the
creative development of these students.
The Ambassador underscored that through such events and
activities, the younger generation would be better acquainted
with the illustrious tradition of close Pakistan-Turkey
relations — based on common faith, cultural affinities, and
shared history.
The Ambassador added that Pakistan’s national poet
Allama Muhammad Iqbal and great Sufi saint Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi were great symbols of spiritual connection between Pakistan and Turkey.
Konya was also a sister-city with Multan, known in
Pakistan as the city of saints. He expressed the resolve to
further deepen the spiritual and cultural bonds with Konya and highlighted ways to intensify people-to-people exchanges including in the arts, music, and cinema.
The Ambassador also congratulated the people of Konya on
Konya’s designation as the Tourism Capital of OIC for the year 2016. He termed this as a huge honour and a rightful
recognition of Konya’s cultural richness and immense tourism potential.
Konya province Director of National Education
Directorate Mr. Mukadder Grsoy said the brotherly relations
between the two countries were deep rooted in history.
He recalled the historic support extended by the Muslims
of Sub-Continent for the Turkish War of Independence and said this gesture will always remain in the minds of successive generations.
The participating students stated that the competition
had enabled them to enhance their knowledge about Pakistan and Turkey-Pakistan fraternal ties.
The exhibition of the paintings shortlisted in the
competition will remain open to public from 2-7 June 2016 at the Public Library of Konya.