Exhibition on Sikh shrines held in Pakistan

An Indian artiste's photographs of 58 Sikh shrines were showcased at an exhibition in this eastern Pakistani city in a bid to boost cultural contacts between the two countries.

The exhibition held at the Alhamra Arts Council featured a pictorial documentation of historical Sikh shrines in India and Pakistan by D S Jaspal.

The photographs were taken from Jaspal's book "Tryst with Trees Punjab's Sacred Heritage".

The photos featured 19 species of trees whose names inspired the names of shrines like Gurudwara Tahli Sahib, Gurudwara Nim Sahib of Patiala, Gurudwara Ber Sahib of Sialkot, Gurudwara Amb Sahib of Mohali, Gurudwara Ritha Sahib and Gurudwara Lahura Sahib of Ghavindi in Lahore.

The Alhamra Art Council hosted an Indian exhibition after three years in an attempt to resume cultural ties between India and Pakistan. Jaspal said Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan had written a blog on his book. Jaspal, a senior officer of the government in India's Punjab state, spent over three years travelling across India and Pakistan to photograph the shrines.

The book was released in New York in October last year by India's Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur.

According to Jaspal, increased interaction between young people in India and Pakistan will help establish peace between the two countries.

He said he had visited Pakistan several times and photographed various gurdwaras in the country.

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