by Nayab T.
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 04:14 PM
Pakistan’s cultural heritage dates to more than 5,000 years ago, to the period of the Indus civilization. However, the emphasis on Islamic ideology has brought about a strong romantic identification with Islamic culture—not only that of the Indian subcontinent but of the broader Islamic world. Literature, notably poetry, is the richest of all Pakistani art forms; music and, especially, modern dance have received less attention. The visual arts too play little part in popular folk culture. Painting and sculpture, however, have made considerable progress as expressions of an increasingly sophisticated urban culture.
Pakistan shares with the other parts of South Asia the great Mughal heritage in art, literature architecture, and manners.
Pakistani artists wanted to present themselves as modern according to international standards, and adopted styles popular in the United States and Europe; but they also began experimenting with native traditions to see how these could be adapted.
Today, Pakistan has an unusually high ratio of female artists due to the fact that the art industry has not traditionally been viewed as a lucrative business by men. In the past, creatively-inclined men in Pakistan have focused more on fields of advertising or illustration, leaving the art field open to women. Modern Pakistani female artists continue to impress not only their country, but the entire world.
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