ANKARA, 20 May 2010:      First prize was awarded to a painting made by Pakistani artist Mr. Asif Raza Ansari during the 3rd Great Anatolian Meeting of the World Cultures & Youth being organized at Ataturk Culture Centre in Ankara from 15-21 May.

 Pakistan’s Ambassador in Turkey, H.E. Mr. Tariq Azizuddin congratulated the artist and entire Pakistani team on winning this prestigious award for their country. “People all around the world should appreciate that Pakistanis are a talented nation and always excel in every field of life against all odds,” he remarked.

 “Mr. Ansari is a handicapped artist but his skills in art and craft were unmatched during the entire exhibition,” says Mr. Mohammad Abbas Khan, who is heading the 30-member Pakistani cultural troupe.

 The troupe displayed their artistic skills and performed Pakistani folktales Heer Ranjha, and Anarkali, and enthralled the audience with Pakistani dance Bhangra.