On 16th & 17th of December, 2017, Bahrain based artist Thajba Najeeb conducted two short events through the Pakistan Chowk Community Centre for the artists' community.
Thajba was such a delight to meet with. She surrounds herself with a positive evergy which is almost contagious. The meet & greet with her on the 16th of December was at the centre and a few of the artists from the locality participated. It was such a beautiful afternoon, where Thajba shared her work and experiences with the artists, and in turn the artists shared their own.
A little weak in spoken Urdu, Thajba did not let her linguistic limitations be any factor in restricing dialogue with the participants. It was an exciting event.
"Paint Your Mind" was a workshop that Thajba conducted the very next day i.e. 17th December, 2017. This was an outdoor workshop where participants were guided by Thajba to draw inspiration from their surroundings & draw free hand.
It was an exciting evening at the Pakistan Chowk & Thajba seemed to enjoy her visit as well.
She describes her visits as follows:
"My experience.. from walking up those red stairs to sitting under the tree in the middle of the hustling bustling streets pf Pakistan Chowk... was a true and new experience for me. I love the passion students, teachers,mentors and creatives have to restoring the image of these long forgotten monuments. Personally a new challenge was to refocus all my energy whilst getting distracted and working in an uncontrolled environment.
I look forward to working towards creating a festival event with onsite painting, food and chai where a beautiful half day can by spent basking in the sun, conversing, painting and creating by expression.
I have many ideas of collage workshops inspired by buildings.. acrylic workshops- all student oriented... but need to plan it out...and will send proposal to you once i organise it with nadia asap.
Thank you very much to you for your effort, time and energy spent towards this and for this opportunity. I look forward to having a blossoming relationship with you on this front."
Thank you Thajba Najeeb for bringing to PCCC your positive aura; we hope to host you again soon!