JAHAN E JAHANARA is a cultural center for children, established in an oasis of historical trees, a bird sanctuary within a century old building, It is an island where children can acquire that essential but rare experience of their cultural heritage; it is an opportunity for them to explore their creative potential in a systematic manner under expert guidance. At the core of Jahan e JahanAra is a comittment to revive social and artistic values to engender change.
This is a labour of love for Sheherezade Alam who is the moving force behind this new initiative. Alam studied art and design at the National College of Art Lahore. She did post graduate studies from the West Surrey College of Art and Design, UK. Her intimacy with clay, beginning in the early 1970’s made her Pakistan’s first female studio potter, and has seen her travel and work alongside with some of the most acclaimed twentieth century potters in Europe, Asia, US, and Canada. In 2000, she established LAAL, an artists collective, whose mission is to bring cultural and heritage education to young children. The Jahan e JahanAra, Center for Traditional Arts, is an attempt to contribute/ share this passion to/ with the children of Lahore.
Here are the key features of this initiative:
Nauchandi : a festival of the new moon, is also a celebration of human life expressed through the performing arts, such as music, mime, theatre, poetry, puppetry, dance, shadow play and singing. This course explores these performance skills through improvisation and imaginative role play in a enjoyable atmosphere. It will instill in each child a sense of confidence within groups and self esteem, leading towards a well rounded personality. Children with such grounding in traditional cultural expression will allow them to grow up as responsible, sensitive and thoughtful adults.
Calligraphy is one of the most ancient arts of civilized humanity. From 6th century AD, Arabic Calligraphy developed as an art of spiritual significance, enjoining the beauty and meaning of content, of the ‘idea’, to the shape and form of letters and words. Your child will learn to recognize, appreciate, and practice the main styles, using the qalam, davaat, gaachi, and takhti. Children will be introduced to the rules for graphical shapes, of the letters and combination of letters, words and composition..
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This course is aimed at introducing your child to their 9000, year old living legacy of CLAY. Children will discover as they learn to touch, sense and feel the 4 ELEMENTS common to human and clay vessel. Each child will have the opportunity to explore their creative potential, and artistic skills as they enter the exciting world of pottery.