Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mob vandalises Pakistan-India art exhibition in Ahmedabad, India

A mob vandalised a joint exhibition by acclaimed Pakistani and Indian artists in the Indian city of Ahmedabad, Times of India reported.
The show, which featured works by 11 Pakistani and six Indian artists at the Amdavad ni Gufa gallery, aimed to “showcase the development in art and artists of both countries for more than 60 years” but was cut short when over a dozen men stormed the exhibition and tore down everything from painting to window panes.

According to the Hindustan Times, the men were allegedly associated with the hardline Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajarang Dal organisations.
Calling it a “mindless act of cowardice”, exhibition organiser Ravindra Maradia said, “On the first day, a local artist did object to inclusion of works by Pakistani artists. But he was civil in the way he communicated his displeasure. I respect differences in opinion, but why this? Why should they damage an art gallery? They did not even spare the works of Indian artists. I have suffered a loss of not less than Rs 10 lakh.”

One of Pakistan’s top artists Mansoor Rahi, whose works were on display, said, “We are sad but this wouldn't deter the artists from either country who will continue to share our works.”

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