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Herat National Gallery should be rebuilt

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Herat National Gallery should be rebuilt

 The western province of Herat is the city of knowledge, civility and culture and the birthplace of Ansari and Jami. So, its ruined gallery verily needs rebuilding. 

Herat is the cradle of poets, writers and acknowledged artists. There are over 413 historical monuments in Herat province.
In a conversation with The Kabul Times reporter, the head of Herat National Gallery, Mumtaz Sarwaryar said, ‘Herat National Gallery was established in 1383 with 20 works while at present, over 136 works have been accommodated in it. 
These works include paintings, calligraphy and miniature. We have organized free of charge courses for everybody, especially, handicapped and disabled people.
Ms. Sarwaryar added, ‘Every year, we organize an exhibition in which the achievements of our students are usually displayed. We also attend local exhibitions outside Herat as well as the international exhibitions.’
Every year, we graduate over 20 people in the fields of paintings, calligraphy and miniature who are trained by professors of National Gallery, Herat University and Behzad Professional Institute.
Sarwaryar added, teaching is free of charge, but expenditures are upon students, because, we have insufficient budget.
If any NGO or private and public organization support us, teaching materials will also be available to students free of charge. The works in National Gallery belong to prominent artists such as Mohammad Sayeed Mashaal, Prof. Ghulam Mohammad Maimanagi, Ustad Asefi, Ustad Sarwari, Ustad Tawfeeque, Hasas, lecturers of Herat University, Faculty of Fine Arts, students and members of National Gallery.
Some of the works are replaced in each exhibition. 
We have a permanent exhibition visited by 500 people regularly. National Gallery has located inside the compound of Herat Public Library.
 Sarwaryar added, ‘We have organized exhibitions outside Afghanistan including the US, Turkey, two exhibitions in Iran on different occasions.
In US exhibition we displayed 67 works and fortunately all of them were sold and we received letters of appreciation and cash prizes. Our exhibitions in Herat have usually been welcomed by our art loving people.
Some people purchase works of these exhibitions which is a source of pride to us.
Ms. Sarwaryar concluded, ‘Purchasing of works is inserted in our Standing Operational Procedure, but due to budge deficiency, we don’t afford to purchase works. We lack decoration room. If national traders, domestic and foreign donors support us, we would manage to earn huge income. I want to draw the attention of authorities concerned to this issue.  Karima Malikzada