Renowned Pakistani artist Bugi Ansari inspiring the preservation of Kalash heritage
Lahore: April 28, 2016 – Pakistan’s renowned artist Muhammad Bugi Ansari held an insightful media‐briefing at the Karachi Press Club, to inspire the nation for preserving the fascinating art, rich culture and ancient civilization of the Kalash Tribes, who have been dwelling for centuries in the beautiful Chitral valley, located deep in the pristine and majestic mountains of Northern Pakistan.
The Kalash tribes have originated from the Indo‐Iranian branch of the centuries‐old Dardic civilization. Even in today’s modern era, these tribes have maintained their truly unique and traditional lifestyle, as they continue to practice their ancient customs and adorn their authentic attire, reflecting their rich culture. Bugi enlightened the media about the value of traditional art, culture and customs, which are being recklessly destroyed by the modern societies.He quoted an example saying; “It is heart‐breaking to see that a few decades back, the Kalash tribes used to have 106 statues and wooden figures, created by their legendary artisans. But over the years, all those masterpieces were taken away or stolen by people from outside. So today, only one of those precious figures still remains in that area.” Although Bugi Ansari had left his home thirty years ago, and is settled in Holland, the artist has travelled extensively, spending a great deal of his time learning and advocating the preservation of the Kalash heritage. These deep insights are also reflected in his socio‐ cultural endeavors and Surrealistic style of art. Bugi has been promoting the traditional work of the skillful artisans and children of Kalash and introducing them to a global audience. During his vibrant media‐briefing at the Karachi Press Club, Mr. Bugi Ansari also unveiled a large, exquisite painting. This 40‐foot Mural was personally created by Bugi and gifted to the ‘Dar‐us‐Sukoon’ ‐ a leading philanthropic organization, founded in 1969, by the Dutch altruist –Sister Gertrude Lemmens. It focuses on providing safe‐accommodation and affectionate care for the disabled/special children, senior citizens and homeless‐women, who have been abandoned by the society.