31 Jul 2017 - 3:43
With prices ranging from QR2,500 to QR19,000, some of the pieces on display “50X50” exhibition which recently opened at Al Markhiya Gallery in Katara Art Centre were already sold out even prior to the exhibition opening.
31 Jul 2017 - 3:12
“Qatar - Our Second Home - A celebration of Solidarity”, an Indo-Qatar fusion show organised by Bridge Qatar in association with the Qatar National Theatre expressing the Indian community’s solidarity with Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Qatari people was inaugurated by Minister of Culture and Sports, H E Sheikh Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali.
“This event and the support that the Indian community has been providing to this country is a demonstration that the relation between India and Qatar is not just that of trade but of honour, dignity and love,” said the Minister in his opening speech. He added:“It’s my responsibility as the Minister of Culture & Sports to support to serve both the Qatari and non- Qatari communities in Qatar”.
The Minister expressed the Qatari Government’s thankfulness for the event and appreciated the artists for their dedication and hard work.
Qatar National Theatre Manager Salah Al Mulla and Qatar National Theatre secretary, Yousuf Al Harami graced the occasion. Bridge Qatar Chairman, Saleel Ibrahim chaired the event and Bridge Qatar Public Relations Officer Muneer Jalaludheen welcomed the audience. The event was attended by prominent personalities from the Ministry of Culture, Qatar National Theatre and leaders of the Indian community in Qatar.
The event was held at the Qatar National Theatre. It included cultural performances by around 120 Indian artists.
The programme started off by the calligraphy drawing of the Tamim Al Majd portrait by calligraphy artist Abdul Kareem.
It was followed by the Indo-Arab dance. The drama “Clock Boy” depicting the life story of the American child, Ahmed Muhammed who was accidently embodied for terrorism for a clock project that he had made, intuited the audience. Dancers presented a variety of dances portraying the Indian and Qatari traditional dances. Contemporary dances, Arga dance, Kathakali, Kuchippudi, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyaattam, North Indian dances delighted the audience.
The Malayalam folk songs presented by “Kanalkoottam” added more charm to the event. Songs of Mohammed Rafi, Sufi numbers and ghazals adorned the occasion. While the dramatic poetry of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish filled the gallery with dismay, the portrayal of the Emir and Qatar Charity’s humanitarian relief to war torn countries and refugees was welcomed with a hearty ovation.
The event climaxed with artists and organisers lining up behind the banner “ Qatar- Our Second Home”
Prominent directors in Qatar, Noufal Shams, Firosh Mooppan and Krishnan Unni directed the programs. Anas Edavanna and Luqman KP provided technical support.
Saleel Ibrahim, Chairman of Bridge Qatar, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all and stated that this programme was a solidarity of the Indian expatriate community towards the high morale that Qatar has stood up for, its compassion and support to the refugees world over and the care and love that this country has shown for the expatriates.