AWANTIPORA – The first Photo-exhibition of the Wastoorwan Gallery of Art is being organised at Islamic University of Science and Technology from today. The exhibition titled ‘Lives and Legacies’ offers a glimpse into the future through a lens embellished by history, traditions and ethos of Kashmir. The exhibition that exhibits the photographs of five photographers was inaugurated by Prof. Shakil A Romshoo, Vice-Chancellor, IUST in presence of former Vice-Chancellor, IUST Prof. Siddiq Wahid, Deans, Professors, Heads of various departments and other varsity officials.
“The gallery has been established to showcase artistic and cultural excellence of Kashmir to make the people aware of their heritage,” Prof. Romshoo said. He emphasised on the need of organizing more such events in the campus to keep the youth of valley conscious about the rich historical and cultural legacy of Kashmir. He insisted on making these platforms available to students for the exhibition of their artistic works.
The chief contributors to the exhibitions include prominent photojournalists of the valley Javed Dar, Showkat Nanda and Hilal Ahmed, who have won international acclaim for their photography works. The photographs by Dr. Fozia Qazi and Zoya Mehraj were also exhibited at the exhibition.
Incharge Wastoorvan Gallery of Art, IUST Fozia Qazi said, “Educational Institutions are meant to be the spaces that nurture creativity and where ideas are allowed to blossom. With this aim, Wastoorwan Gallery of Art, IUST organized its first photo-exhibition in the university campus today”.
The exhibition will be open for the public on 13, 14 and 16th June at IUST’s Wastoorwan Gallery of Art established in the Rumi Library Block.