Entering the Mohatta Palace on the evening of the 26th August, was a magical experience. Greeted by smiling attendants one was ushered to a lawn filled with circular tables adorned with floral arrangements. A stage had been arranged shining with blue lights and with steps leading up from the lawn. Numerous guests from the media and the world of art gathered from Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore and greeted each other with delight.
Shahnaz Ramzi was one of the announcers for the evening and she greeted the guests and introduced that brilliant speaker, man of the arts and media. Mogul Hameed Haroon. Speaking on the occasion to a pin-drop silence, Hameed captured the attention and interest of the audience and started off the event to rousing applause. Then came the Editor and Publisher of Nigaah Magazine,Tauqeer Muhajir who had worked tirelessly with the support of HabibMetro bank, to form a distinguished committee to meet, Discuss on several occasions and eventually name the award winners, a very difficult task with so many brilliant people creating art and encouraging art through the media.
As distinguished guests were called to the stage to hand the awards to the winners, the enthusiastic audience responded by clapping their hands and cheering. Awards for various genres of art, photography, art writing and Life-Time awards were given, And celebrated with highly talented performances by two young musicians, Sheroz Hussain and Wajahut Ali. The pair on Sitar and Tabla gave a great performance, and later in the programme they ______played again while Farouk Shahab painted a large canvas, which was later auctioned. Several paintings had been donated by artists and by collectors for auction to enable impoverished young artists to study at art institutions.
Another very strong artist who entertained the guests was the young film director and actor, Fawwad Khan who gave a stunning Urdu narration with a voice that reached the stars. Mr.Tauqeer Muhajir plans to make an annual event of awards, as he feels, so many contributing to the excellent art taking place in the country, deserve recognition. To end the evening a lavish buffet was served, people sought each other out and numerous `Selfies’ were taken. It was an event that will be remembered.