Pakistan and south Asia have always been rich in art and culture and in fact, a lot of art from this part of the world has continued to influence major trends in the world of art all across the globe. Pakistan in particular has been booming in contemporary and traditional art. New artists are expressing themselves remarkably and most high profile artistic pieces have come to tell the real story of Pakistan and South East Asia. The following are some of the key trends in Pakistani and south East Asia arts in different areas.
Music – traditional South East Asia music has rocked the world for so many years now. From the traditional Pakistani dance styles to big Bollywood movies, it has all happened so fast and so recently that it’s still fresh in the mind. However there has been an emerging paradigm in Pakistani and South East Asia music that is taking the world by storm.
For the last few years we have seen a remarkable fusion of South East Asia music with western popular styles and the product has been amazing. Think of it this way, today there are rock bands and rock stars in Pakistan and South East Asia and the good thing is they have fused the western rock perspective but still maintained the traditional spark of south East Asian music.
Film – well when you talk about art in south East Asia and Pakistan it is impossible to ignore the major successes the local film industries have seen in recent years. A lot of commentators would argue that maintaining the authenticity of south East Asian film has played a huge role in promoting the identity of Pakistani and south East Asia films across the world.
However, the film industry here is becoming more contemporary and a number of films from South East Asia have continued to make it big in western markets. It will be very interesting to see if film makers will maintain this identity of South East Asia films or maybe they will add some spark of western gloss just to appeal to more people but film has been a major part of New Trends in Pakistan Art and South Asian Art.
General art – the fusion between traditional Pakistani art and contemporary art is perhaps the biggest trend in general art in South East Asia. A lot of painters and sculptors are expressing themselves and the truth is there is so much to tell from this part of the world. Popular paintings from Pakistan have dazzled art enthusiasts in cities such as Dubai. In addition to this, there is growing awareness on the importance of art in society and more and more Pakistanis are taking some time to check or even buy the works of local artists.
The last decade has been nothing short of dynamic as far as the art scene in South East Asia is concerned. We can only hope that this momentum brings forth more creativity, innovation and most importantly the passion needed to ensure South East Asia arts remains part and parcel of the global art scene.