Colours of Hope


Colours of hope was a unique initiative taken by Empowerment and sponsored by Ministry of Culture, GOI, and ONGC in partnership with Indian Council for Cultural Relations. It brought together on one common platform, established and young Indian and Pakistani women artists. The participating artists included Ayesha Durrani, Fizza Salem, Amna Ilyas, Romessa Khan and Mariam Khan,Gogi Saroj Pal, Seema Kohli, Nupur Kundu and Sonika Agarwal.

The exhibition cum camp was inaugurated by Shri Satish Mehta (Director General ICCR) and Shri Abdul Basit (H.E. High Commissioner to Pakistan) on the 28th of March 2014 at Azad Bhavan Art Gallery, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi. The exhibition was also graced by Dr. Lalit Panwar (Secretary Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India). The artists consented to inaugurate an exhibition of paintings by young Indian artists and freely mingled with them sharing their love and knowledge.

During their 7 days stay in Delhi, the artists from Pakistan visited National Gallery of Modern Art, Crafts Museum, Dilli Haat and landmark heritage sites of Delhi. The artists took a tour to Agra and visited the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. Their interactions, sharing of experiences and art discussions proved to be stimulating and enriching for each other and went on to dispel the myth that there are any differences that exists among the citizens of the two countries.