Islamabad - A four-day painting sketches and calligraphy exhibition paying tribute to Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, started here at Aiwan-e-Quaid yesterday.

Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid inaugurated the exhibition organised by Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Directorate of Electronic Media & Publication (DEMP) in connection with the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to be celebrated on December 25. The exhibition will continue till December 25.

A total of 63 paintings, calligraphy and sketches were displayed at the exhibition. The sketches are beautifully created with pencil and oil colours.

Jinnah’s sketch was also created by Artist Waseem Akhtar. Quaid’s sister Fatimah Jinnah’s sketches and Quaid’s Ziarat Residency sketches were also beautifully created by the artists. Senior officials of DEMP Art and Design section told APP that the purpose of the exhibition was to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his birth anniversary.

Jinnah’s young age sketches were also displayed, attracting a large number of people on the first day of the exhibition.

Assistant Director DEMP Syeda Humaira Nayyar Zafar talking to APP said that art and design section of DEMP invited all these artists to pay tribute to the Quaid. She said the DEMP would organise more such events and would also involve students to promote the country’s arts and culture and soft image.

She said that the exhibition would attract number of people particularly students.

Meanwhile, students from various educational institutions of twin cities will present a colourful cultural show to mark the birth anniversary of founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah here on December 22 at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). The event is being organised in collaboration with Ministry of National Heritage and Integration to highlight the importance of celebrating national days and educate the young generation about their history through informative entertainment. The show will give opportunity to students to showcase their talent in the field of performing arts as they will present tableaus, national songs, speeches and other items.

Children of different age groups will present skits, national songs and tableaus based on various stories portraying the significance of December 25 as Quaid day and the value of freedom movement.

An official of PNCA said, “Involvement of students for highlighting the contributions of national heroes and significance of national days through tableaus and songs, gives them an opportunity to understand the history and ideologies of such events in its true perspective.”

Meanwhile, a mega musical show `Melody Night’ will be held today (Tuesday) at PNCA auditorium in which renowned singers Humaira Channa, Asad Abbas and Mulazim Hussain will present their melodies and entertain the audience of twin cities.