Islamabad: A five-day exhibition showcasing the rich cultural heritage and tradition with similarities between Pakistan and Indonesia ended Sunday at the Lok Virsa National Heritage Museum.
The exhibition titled “A Night at the Lok Virsa Museum: The Confluence of Civilization Between Pakistan and Indonesia” was opened by Indonesian Ambassador Adam Mulawarman Tugio in the presence of diplomats and art and culture enthusiasts. story.
The ajrak and batik stalls, where shawl makers from both countries described the hard work of making ajrak, remained a center of attraction among visitors. A miniature model of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, built by a Pakistani craftsman also drew crowds from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The show also featured a daily live musical performance by renowned musicians who kept mesmerizing the audience by playing world famous tunes on native Pakistani instruments including Tabla, Rabab and Bansuri.
A large number of citizens flocked to the exhibition featuring a collection of photographs and videos highlighting cross-regional connectivity and cross-cultural influence on the two countries.
Maheen Mirza, a student at the National Defense University, said she was quite amazed to find many cultural similarities with Pakistani artworks and cultural depictions. “I was unaware of the similarities in culture, history and religion between the two countries before visiting the exhibit,” she remarked.
Irsa Bin Mairaj, a foreign visitor who carefully observed the model of the temple, said he was surprised to know that the miniature was made by a Pakistani craftsman.
This reflected that Pakistanis have great potential in artworks that can perfectly extend the design of such a difficult model, he added. Hooriya Shiekh, another visitor taking photos while draping Indonesian batik at the Sindhi Ajrak and Batik exhibition booths, called the two crafts a great example of the fusion of two cultures.
She hoped that the exhibition, in addition to showcasing the similarities of cultures between the two countries, would ultimately bring people together.
An Indonesian woman who runs the Batik stalls explained the difficult process of making Batik and said it was a wax-resist dyeing technique applied to all fabric, which originated on the island from Java which took at least 4-5 days to complete a unique piece.
The technique shows similarity with famous Sindhi Ajrak and signifies cultural affinity between Indonesia and Pakistan, she added.
At the start of the exhibition, Ambassador Tugio stressed the need to promote and strengthen the existing cultural relations between the two brotherly countries.
Speaking to APP, he said that Indonesia and Pakistan are home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world and added that his country is expanding cooperation in various fields including tourism, education and trade.
He said his government is considering inviting Pakistani journalists to explore the true potential of tourism in Indonesia.
Speaking on the occasion, Palestinian Ambassador Ahmed Jawad AA Rabaei said that the people of Pakistan are very close to the hearts of the Palestinians and stressed the need to hold such cultural exchange events.
When contacted, the director of the National Heritage Museum, Anwar-ul-Haq, said the arrival of hundreds of people at the exhibition showed that life was returning to normal after facing the restrictions of Covid-19. He expressed his gratitude to the Indonesian Embassy for organizing such a remarkable event for the residents of the twin cities.