Pakistani miniaturist awarded Japan’s Fukuoka Prize

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ISLAMABAD:

Pakistani-born miniature artist Shazia Sikander has been awarded Japan’s Fukuoka Prize in the Arts and Culture category, a statement said Thursday.

On May 26, the Fukuoka Prize Committee honored Shazia Sikander for her contributions to the innovation of traditional art forms, namely the use of digital technology in miniature painting – an art form dating back to the period Mughal.

The Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990 by the Japanese city of Fukuoka and the Fukuoka City International Foundation.

The award is given to individuals, groups and organizations for their illustrious work in preserving Asian culture. The prize aims to increase awareness of the diversity of Asian cultures and to establish a broad framework for exchange and mutual learning between the peoples of Asia.

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the establishment of the Fukuoka Prize. Over the past 31 years, the prize has been awarded to 118 leading figures in their respective fields.

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The prize is awarded in three categories which include the Grand Prize, the Academic Prize and the Arts and Culture Prize. In addition to Shazia Sikander, this year’s winners include Japanese drummer Taiko Hayashi Eitetsu for the Grand Prize and historian Professor Timon Screech from the UK for the Academic Prize.

In September 2022, the winners will be invited to Fukuoka to officially receive their awards.

In the past, three Pakistanis have received the Fukuoka Prize, including the legendary Qawwali late maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, popular heritage preservation specialist Dr. Uxi Mufti and Yasmeen Lari, architect, architectural historian and heritage curator.

Born in Lahore, Shazia Sikander graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1991 from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. She received the ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ (Medal of Excellence) by the Government of Pakistan in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of arts. She currently resides in New York.

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