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Students visualize Japan, Pakistan on canvas.

ISLAMABAD, October 13, 2010 (Balochistan Times ): Students from various educational institutes of twin cities and Peshawar gathered here on Wednesday at National Art Gallery to visualize the glimpses of Japan and Pakistan through drawings and words in art and speech competitions. Two students (12 to 14 years-old) from each school drew pictures in the art competition on the themes of their own choice related to Japan and Pakistan. There is no doubt that art nurtures ones self-esteem, self-discipline and self-motivation providing an outlet for the creativity and expression that reflects emotions, critical thinking and relationships, said the organizers, adding Art can also play a major role in the development of an aesthetic sense. To promote creativity of the talented young students of Pakistan, the Embassy of Japan in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts and the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association, organized the art and speech competitions. To judge the creativity of young artists, Ms. Mussarrat Nahid Imam, Director, Visual Art and Curator National Art Gallery and Ms. Fauzia Minallah, renowned artist, writer and publisher of book on Sadako, along with a representative of the Embassy of Japan made up the panel of judges for the Art Competition. The Embassy of Japan in Pakistan has held this event in various cities of Pakistan since 1995, which amounts to fifteen years. Different schools in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar participated in the Art and Speech Competition about Japan. Similarly, one student from each school competed in the Speech Competition in Urdu with a topic of their own choice related to Japan and Pakistan. The panel of judges for the speech competition comprised Mrs. Nabila Sajjad, Assistant Professor, Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4, Mrs. Tahira Ikram, Associate Professor (Retd) Waqar-un-Nisa Post Graduate College, Rawalpindi, Sultan Sikandar Khan, former President MAAP, and a representative from the Embassy of Japan. This competition provided an opportunity to young and talented students to focus and to express themselves on the growing cordial relations between two countries. In the future, they may help to hold bridges of friendship and cooperation between the two nations. In art competition Sana Saeed, OPF Girls College, F-8/2, Islamabad got first prize while Syeda Hamd Binte Razi, Schola Nova, F-8/3, Islamabad and Tuba Majeed, Roots School System, F-8/4, Islamabad got third and fourth prizes respectively. In speech competition, Rabiya Adnan of Sir Syed Public School, Tipu Road, Rawalpindi stood first while Rehab Hashmi, OPF Girls College, Rawalpindi and Muhammad Ismail, Islamabad College for Boys, G-6/3, Islamabad clinched second and third positions. Chihiro Atsumi, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Mrs. Atsumi, Syed Ijlal Haider Zaidi, President PJCA, Fazal Karim Afridi, Honorary Consul General for Japan in Peshawar and Tauqeer Nasir, Director General PNCA, awarded certificates and souvenirs to the position holders of the competitions. This art and speech competition has proved to be very popular among the school children for the past several years, mainly because of the interesting subject and freedom for the children to express themselves. The students participating in the competition were also given souvenirs and participation certificates and many small attractive gifts.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Oct 13, 2010
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