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Lahore Arts Council is holding a workshop for restoration of artwork

The Lahore Arts Council will hold another workshop in July to train artists in restoration of damaged artworks which will continue for a couple of months.

Officials told Daily Aftab that it would be the second workshop. Earlier, the LAC had organised a restoration workshop with the help of CKU in December last year.

However, this one would solely be organised by the council to refresh the learning process. Artists from Lahore and nearby cities are expected to participate in the activity.

LAC Deputy Director Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi told this reporter that the workshop was aimed at capacity building of the artists in restoration and preservation of artworks.

He said the most important painting on which the artists would work is that of Anna Molka Ahmed, the pioneer of fine arts in the country.

“This painting titled Tilisam Kada is extremely damaged.”

He said the workshop would be conducted under the supervision of eminent artists. “Names to this effect are being finalized.”

He said during the last workshop paintings of Ustad Allah Bakhsh, Sadeqain, S. Shamza, S. Safdar, Zubaida Agha, Zakia Dil and Saeed Akhtar were restored.

He said the council would soon produce a ‘Coffee Table Book’ on the restored paintings of all those artists.

Zulfi said the activity would be a collective effort to refresh the learning process in the field of restoration and preservation.

“The council will contact different artists in Lahore and other cities for participation in this continued learning process,” he said. Later, an exhibition [of restored works] would be held at Alhamra Art Gallery, The Mall.

Dilip Kumar’s house near to dilapidation

Located in Peshawar’s famous Qissa Khwani Bazaar, Dilip Kumar’s house is another sorry tale of negligence by authorities.

The house that once stood in all its glory in the narrow alleys of Mohallah Khudadad is now coming apart piece by piece.

Unoccupied for decades, the house has slowly decayed with its ceiling, doors and supporting walls collapsing. What now remains of the Khyber-Pakhtunkwa national heritage are the main gate and part of the front wall.

The very people, living nearby, coming to admire Kumar’s house, have now become its greatest enemies as the abandoned building is largely used as a dumping site by the local residents. The house was earlier used as storeroom by nearby shopkeepers.

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