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Life in Small Towns – THAAP

Gujrat is no more a small town. It was small when everyone knew everyone. Now no one knows anyone.

As a part of Trust For History Arts and Architecture, Pakistan (THAAP) Evening Series on ‘Life in Small Towns’ for the year 2012 relating to Third International Thaap Conference November 2012, the second evening on “Gujrat and Wazirabad” was held on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 43-G, Gulberg III, Lahore. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin, Vice Chancellor, University of Gujrat, presided the evening.


Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal, THAAP Trustee highlighted the objective of THAAP, a trust established for the promotion of education and research. The focus of this year THAAP Conference is Life in Small Towns, an effort to study a town as an integrated view of life in the urban context, highlighting both the tangible and intangible cultural aspects. About 80 people attended the evening including, Dr. Mubarak Ahned, Prof. Dr. Anis Siddiqi, Dr. Ghafer Shahzad, Miss Rati Cooper, Humayun Ghauri (UOG) Sheikh Abdul Rashid (UOG) Nayyar Julian and Hussain Qazi.


The evening started with an orchestrated presentation on Wazirabad by Mr. Akram Varraich and Mr. Hafeez Khilji, both the speakers are self-taught artists. Combing the Punjabi narrative with the pictorial they brought the town to life highlighting its history, culture, society and famous personalities. Prof. Dr. Abdul Rehman, the Director School of Architecture, UET Lahore, Colonel Nadir Ali, and Prof. Syed Shabir Shah, the Director Center for History, International Relations and Political Science (CHIP), University of Gujrat in their individual inimitable styles analysed the city of Gujrat, its people, physical aspects and politics.


A thought provoking discussion among the audience with comments and question/answers followed the talk. It was very heartening to know when Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin informed the enthralled audience what the UOG is doing to teach Gujrat as a subject - [with thanks to Amna Jahangir].


Related: THAAP call for papers

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 7:55 PM,

3 Comments:

At 12:14:00 AM, Blogger Nayyar Julian said...

Representators present the history of Gujarat and wazirabad very impressively. After attending that seminar I found my history knowledge at new level. I especially thanks to Uncle Syed Asghar Javed Shirazi because of whom I become a part of such a beautiful evening with amazing peoples. It’s a great honor for me to be a part of Life in Small Towns – THAAP

 
At 12:49:00 PM, Anonymous sajini said...

Enjoyed reading this post and found very interesting. Small towns are not small any more ,they all are developed and intereacts with one another. Thank you for sharing this post with us ...

 
At 2:57:00 PM, Blogger HQ said...

THAAP makes art and architecture so interesting and Shirazi Sahib popularizes it with such an interesting depiction.
SAJ was among the major attractions at the evening - a reason for attending more of them !

 

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