French Envoy praises immense youths’ potential in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD, July 11 (APP) : Ambassador of France to Pakistan Dr Marc Barety Wednesday said the Pakistani youth had immense potential and innate talent as reflected in an art exhibition supported by the French embassy and the National College of Arts.

The French envoy was speaking in a ceremony held to honour the winners of an arts exhibition. The National College of Arts had put together the exhibition of its 30 students from various departments which also coincided with the observance of the French National Day.

Dr Marc Barety said the art project titled “the Real and its Double” was an endeavour to understand the amazing diversity of ways of living and thinking but also indicated the great unity of mankind through the prism of art and painting.

He said the talking about culture brings closer the humankind thus developing a better understanding of each other.

Highlighting the objective behind holding such event, the ambassador recollected his soul searching visit to Normandy and referred to Clement Rosset, a French writer and philosopher, who worked all his life to make philosophy accessible to everyone.

So the holding of an exhibition was an attempt to express the thoughts of that very philosopher through the talent of Pakistani students. The students of the National College of Arts campus Lahore and Rawalpindi offered the interpretation of Rosset’s “real and double” concept through painting, sculpture or audio-visual.

Principal National College of Arts Professor Dr Murtaza Jafri thanked the French embassy for supporting the arts project.

He said the College had the distinction of producing the distinguished alumni who were receptive to ideas and opinions, adding the College would continue to make art accessible to all. The institution had held a number of exhibitions with the international collaborations.

Later, Names of the winning students were announced by a three-member jury. Faryal Yazdaine and Yaseen Khan were declared as winners. The awards included a cultural trip to France or an introduction to the French language in the Alliance Francaise of Lahore, Islamabad or Karachi.