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. Continue reading