Lahore (Qasim Ali)
THAAP is organizing its 11th annual conference this Saturday at THAAP secretariat 43 G Gulberg Lahore. The theme of the conference is Archaeology and Living Cultural legacy of Harappa Civilization and it will comprise of Paper reading sessions, Round table discussions, cultural exhibition and much more.
The conference will start with the opening note by Ar Mehreen Mustafa , Secretary to THAAP and will be followed by the welcome remarks by CEO THAAP Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal. Renowned Language historian , Dean & Professor at BNU Dr. Tariq Rehman will chair the first paper reading in which scholars like Sadia Qutub Hashmi, Nomana Zaryab, Sumbul Natalia and Sumbul Sarfraz will present their critical research on topics such as symbolic interpretation of Geometry in Indus Valley Civilization, the visual and material journey of Ghugho Ghoray and the Journey of Fine Muslin from Harappa civilization to Modern World -Tana Banna”.
The conference will also host the exhibition of cultural crafts of Harappa Pottery by a Harappan artisan Allah Dita. Allah Dita learned the art of developing Harappa pottery from his father and has made 375 replicas of different Harappan artifacts given to him by the Archeological department from the Harappa Museum site. Recently he has also been awarded the World Crafts Council- Award of Excellence for Handicrafts 2021-2022 (WCC-AoE) in the Asia Pacific Region.
The paper reading session will be followed by the round table session in which expert and renowned archeologist, historians, scholars and development practitioners will discuss the Potential and Predicaments related to the archeology and living cultural legacy of the Harappan civilization. The session will be moderated by CEO THAAP, Prof Sajida Haider Vandal and will feature scholars like Prof. Dr. Tariq Rehman, Prof.Dr.Muhammad Rafique Mughal, Ihsan Nadeem Goraya,Dr. Muhammad Hameed, Ar Maqsood Ahmad, Hassan Khokhar, Dr Nadeem Omar Tarar, Dr Kalyan Singh Kalyan, Iqbal Qaisar, Shafiq Butt, Nain Sukh, Dr. Khola Cheema and Dr. Tohid Ahmad Chattha.
The participants will also discuss the salient features and significance of Archaeology and Living Cultural legacy of Harappa Civilization in a thought-provoking session.
The conference will also feature a digital exhibition by YAAP – Young Archeologist Association of Pakistan. The exhibition will feature and shed light on the living cultural legacy of Harappa civilization with the help of artifacts such as pottery, figures, sculpture, jewelry, seals, surgical instruments, etc. extracted from the archeological sites.
The conference will conclude with the last paper reading session, which will be chaired by Ajoka’s executive director Shahid Nadeem. Scholars such as Prof. Dr. Riffat Saif Dar, Asif Mahmood Rana, Dr. Kataumal and Iqra Azam will present their research papers on different aspects of Harappa civilization such as Ancient Harappa in a state of Modernity, The Early Development of the Ancient Indian Religions and the Artefacts from Harappa Civilization, retaining the legacy of the Harappa civilization and Shiva Temple
In sukho Chak.
In the closing ceremony of the conference Ar. Mehreen Mustafa secretary THAAP will present the Rapporteur General. The conference will be concluded after the certificate distribution ceremony followed by closing tea.