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Director UMISAA Salima Hashmi attended SAF General Council meeting

Director UMISAA Salima Hashmi attended SAF General Council meeting

Director UMISAA Salima Hashmi has recently attended SAF General Council meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She informed members of SAF (South Asia Foundation) about activities and initiatives held under the aegis of UNESCO Madanjeet Institute of South Asian Art (UMISAA) at Beaconhouse National University.

In 2015, SAF scholars at BNU made their presence felt through exhibitions and community work. Zil-e-Batool, who is also a visiting faculty member at SVAD, participated at 52nd Sainte Marie aux Mines Minerals and Gems show in France from 25th-28th June, 2015. She also attended the UNESCO Forum to empower women in poor countries titled as “The Role of Women in Fighting Poverty” with Mme France Marquet, representative of SAF to UNESCO.

Apart from her, UMISAA scholars from Nepal, Samyukta Bhandari, Siddhanta Pudasaini, and Shanta Niroula, did commendable work for the rehabilitation of Nepal’s earthquake victims. They generated funds by setting up a Donation Camp with BNU Volunteer Society at Tarogil Campus from 5-21 May, 2015. They then went back to Nepal during summer vacations and initiated a couple of projects to help earthquake victims. Siddhanta Pudasaini, and Shanta Niroula set up a fund distribution and health camp at one of the most affected villages of Nepal, Chilaune Gaun, Sundarijal which is 40 km North East from Kathmandu. They did not only distributed medicines, blankets and clothes among people but also conducted art classes for children. Samyukta Bhandari reached out to earthquake victims through art as she conducted a workshop, “Artwork! Sangai Khelau,” at the epicenter of earthquake i.e. Gurkha- Ghanchowk village. Organized in association with Shikshya Foundation, Shrijanalaya, and Yellow House; the workshop was aimed to heal through art where children can express themselves through any art form.

Formed with the collaboration of South Asia Foundation and Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, UNESCO Madanjeet Institute of South Asian Art (UMISAA) is promoting sustainable cultural, educational and economic development throughout the region. On account of the SAF scholarships, young people from South Asian countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka come every year to the city of Lahore to study art and design at BNU. Ayesha Sultana, Sher Ali, Mussarat Chaudhry, Mehreen Murtaza, Hanifa Alizada, Raju G.C (Nepal), Sajana Joshi and Zil-E-Batool are few of the many prominent UMISAA scholars who are promoting the cause of art and culture through their work.

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