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Faisalabad formerly Lyallpur, is the third most populous city in Pakistan after Karachi and Lahore. It is a major industrial center. It was one of the first planned cities within British India. Pricewaterhouse Coopers has projected Faisalabad's GDP to be around USD 87 billion by 2025. The city is also referred to as the "Manchester of Pakistan" Faisalabad is a major contributor towards Pakistan's GDP, contributing over 20%. According to the World Bank's Doing Business Report of 2010, Faisalabad was ranked as the best place to do business in Pakistan. The name Lyallpur traces its origins back to the reign of the British Raj. The British decided to name the city after the Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab, Sir James Broadwood Lyall. The name was coined by combining the surname of the Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab, Lyall, with "Pur" which is derived from old Sanskrit language meaning "city". In the late 1970s, the Government of Pakistan changed the name of the city from Lyallpur to "Faisalabad" (meaning City of Faisal), in honor of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who made several financial contributions to Pakistan. Faisalabad is an epicenter for trade, has gained much popularity for it s colonial heritage sites, rich culture, textiles and classical musicians. Here I painted a player of tent pegging. I must admit I had never even heard of tent pegging before I turned up to watch the Faisalabad Agricultural Fair last week. But it didn’t take long to get enthralled by the festivities, all set in a charming, laid back atmosphere. Teams of horse riders, with spears in hand, charge on their decorated horses (think tassels, bells, coloured ribbons, etc.) towards a small wooden tent peg about 100 metres along a field. The aim of the game is to impale the peg, and then for it to stay impaled by the time the horse reaches the end of the course. Or at least that’s what I think the rules are! The crowds cheered loudest when teams managed to get that result. Hand signals from the fearless umpires seemed to also award bonus points for jockeys’ style, bravery and speed.

Materials used:

acrylic paints

Painting 184 Tent Pegging (2017)

$3,500

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This artwork is sold by Mawra Tahreem from Canada

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