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#MeriShaanMeraPakistan – Beautifying Karachi with thematic Wall Art 

Karachi, being the biggest metropolis deserves much more than it has got from the citizens and government on so many levels. Be it cleanliness of the city or beautification drives, we all need to take the ownership and work to make this city a better place. It is always good to see people working towards causes that make their cities proud. One such drive is happening for the past couple of years by EFU Life insurance and I am Karachi. 

#MeriShaanMeraPakistan drive is all about getting rid of those Bengali baba ads from Karachi walls. The city don’t deserve such ugly graffiti and wall chalking all over it. In order to pay an artistic tribute to our dear homeland EFU Life initiated “Meri Shaan, Mera Pakistan” project In 2016. Under the guidance of Commissioner Karachi, Mr.Ejaz Ahmed Khan and his esteemed team of the project of beautifying Pakistan through thematic wall art commenced and produced such beautiful results that they’re continuing it this year to celebrate Pakistan’s 70th Independence day on a bigger scale. 

Last year #MeriShaanMeraPakistan project has covered Ayesha Manzil and NCC walls. A 2000 sq.ft wall at Ayesha Manzil and a 3000 sq.ft wall of NCC Sports Complex has been painted with thematic Wall Art depicting our culture and love for our dear homeland. EFU Life has now extended this project to a third location, the Aga Khan Park, Garden, opposite Ismaili JamaatKhana covering a space of over 7000 sq. ft. This year the Independence Day celebrations are even bigger and with Meri Shaan Mera Pakistan artwork Karachi can proudly be part of the celebrations with pride. EFU Life had a contest for artists too in which they’ve asked to submit artworks. The winning artwork is going to be featured on Agha Khan Park wall. Look at all the fabulous artwork that has been painted so far. 

Hats off to the talented artists who are making efforts to paint such beautiful artwork capturing the essence of Pakistan. From food identities like Anday wala burger to our train stations and the lost tradition of travelling in Tongas, #MeriShaanMeraPakistan themed art walls are a treat to watch. I can’t wait to visit the Agha Khan park and have a look at it myself closely. Definitely going there with my kids. It is like an exhibition and a walk through the history via art. 

Hope we all treat this effort of EFU life with care and also take care of this art in coming years by preserving it and further working to make Karachi even cleaner. 

Pakistan Zindabad. 

My Bright Smile #ColgateArtContest17 winners from Pakistan 

Art knows no boundaries and age and I gotta know it as soon as my kid started to treat my apartment walls as canvas for her imagination. S little guidance & platform like Colgate Art contest can boost kid’s confidence to pursue art as a career. 

Colgate Palmolive’s “My Bright Smile”™ Global Art Contest has, since past 17 years, given children across the globe a platform to express their creativity and showcase their artistic talents. The unique Global Art Contest is held under the umbrella of Colgate’s Oral Health Education Program “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®”, which not only provides a platform for children to let their inner talent shine, but also educates them about the benefits of good oral care.

Participants, aged 6 to 9, from schools across Pakistan are invited to participate in this global contest to help them showcase their talent. The contest usually receives thousands of entries from across the country. This year too, the “My Bright Smile”™ Global Art Contest received an overwhelming response from children across Pakistan, with 115,595 entries from schools nationwide. 

On 23rd May, 2017, an exhibition displaying several shortlisted entries was held at the Alliance Française Art Gallery in Karachi. The judges for the contest were present at the occasion including Ms. Nahid Raza, renowned artist and President’s Pride of Performance award winner; Ms. Riffat Alvi, Director VM Art Gallery; Mr. Munawar Ali Syed, Visual Artist & Teacher at Indus Valley Institute of Art & Architecture and Visual Studies Department, University of Karachi; Ms. Nurayah Shaikh Nabi, Arts & Crafts Professional; and Ms. Rumana Hussain, Illustrator and Author. Prizes will be distributed to the 100 best entries by young artists, and the following 12 lucky winners have been selected for their exemplary pieces of original art:  

  • Syeda Kissa Fatima,The Smart School, Cantt. Way Campus,Karachi 
  • M. Shameer, Stanmore Public School,Karachi 
  • Samama ,Delsol -The School, Karachi 
  • Ansa, Bahria Model School & College, Karachi  
  • Zainab Kashif, Generation’s School, Karachi 
  • Khadija Khan, Generation’s School,Karachi 
  • Batool,MSB Educational Institute,Karachi 
  • Hafsa Akram, Lahore Grammar School, Lahore 
  • Nimra Iftikhar, Silk School Of Tomorrow, Lahore 
  • Eman Aqeel, The Educators – Jinnah Campus, Lahore 
  • M. Abdul Hadi, Sherri Public School, Faisalabad 
  • Nabiha Saif, Sherri Public School, Faisalabad   

To acknowledge the hard work and participation of all the contestants, each one will be awarded a Colgate “My Bright Smile”™ Certificate. 

The next phase of the contest involves the top 12 entries to be sent to Colgate Palmolive’s Global Head Office in New York, to represent Pakistan and compete against the entries received from other countries. The 12 best entries from across the globe will be showcased in the “My Bright Smile”™ 2018 Calendar and each winner will receive a Colgate Palmolive grant of US $250 while their respective schools will receive a grant of US $500.  

#DreamsForTomorrow – Empowering creativity

Creativity in kids needs proper mediums and guidance to explore. It is extremely important to spot and nurture special talent of your kid. Being a mom of two hyperactive kids, I know what it takes to raise this super talented generation. Extremely exhausting but totally worth it. My eldest daughter has just started her school and currently exploring her writing and art skills on paper after the walls of our apartment served as canvas for her.

The best thing is that Horlicks Pakistan and WWF Pakistan has collaborated to come up with #DreamsForTomorrow campaign. This particular campaign aims to provide kids with necessary inspiration and art supplies to let them be creative. There’s a set of class wise stories specially written for kids to empower their creativity and encourage them to paint their imagination. Check their Facebook page for some fun art ideas.

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I find the age appropriate Horlicks stories very well written and they’re printed with such great illustrations that kids are surely going to be inspired. Further encouragement to boost the creative skills of kids can be acquired through the Horlicks Pakistan’s Facebook posts. Empowering creativity with such easy tips like how to paint a butterfly and how to illustrate drawings with perfection.

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My daughter Parishay was so excited to paint her first ever water color master piece inspired from the Horlicks story book number 1. It was a story about a field trip and she chose to paint a butterfly. She loves flowers and butterfly by the way. As she’s too young to paint herself, so I decided to help her with an idea.

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I mixed four colors with water separately and told her to coat her palm with colors. She was amazed and kept asking me what next what next. After coating her hands with water colors, I helped her print an impression of her hands on the sketch book. This was her first ever water color master piece and I am so going to frame it.

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We’ve tried vegetable art too and she enjoyed it a lot too.

If it wasn’t #DreamsForTomorrow I guess, I won’t be allowing my daughter to paint with water colors at such a young age. Thanks to the amazing dreams for tomorrow posts for empowering creativity within us.

Horlicks Pakistan Teams Visiting Schools for #DreamsForTomorrow Campaign