TBI Blogs: Artists & Writers From India & Pakistan Come Together to Prove That Art Transcends Borders

Open Sky Slam With its presence in India and Australia, OSS is a community that promotes and supports the open appreciation of art in its every form.

Project Artzaadi is bringing together artists from India and Pakistan to create stunning works of art with the aim of building a community where art is the only identity people share.

Artzaadi is a collaborative project curated by Open Sky that brings together various names from the art scenes of India and Pakistan. Our aim is to build bridges through our art, and break barriers that have been carried forward from generation to generation, and haven’t really been challenged.

The project, which is part of Open Sky’s Project Azaadi 2.0, comprises of artwork from artists and story-writers from both the Countries.

We intend to build a community where art and artists are the only identity we share.

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The Open Sky team from Pakistan(above) and India(below)

Below are two collaborative projects put together by artists and poets from the two countries.

Best Friends

Poem by Pratyusha Pangari from India

Artwork by Maaz Jan from Pakistan

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Two countries, two worlds

One border, one bond

Caught in the web of affection

Years, and years of knowing each other

Individually, yet

Growing together

The books, the movies, schedules and routines

Overflowing a chest of drawers

We access on this no man’s land

Outlined with art where a border

Is a line where two worlds collide

Schedules and routines, rise and fall

With the sun outside our windows

Tucked and wrapped in nighttime’s shadow

Days’ full worth of happenings waiting to spill

From the loves of summer to the winter cry

So we type away into the dawns

Armed only with love and cups of chai.

Chai Kahaani

Poem by Sarah Ansari from Pakistan
Artwork by Pratyusha Pangari from India

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It all felt different

Sitting in that train for the first time

The cabin full of laughing in-laws

Taking her home to the other side

It all felt different

The sky was a different blue

And the trees were a different green

The roads didn’t look familiar

The wind didn’t feel very cool

It all felt different

The shops seemed crowded

The language felt unfamiliar

The smiles were all welcoming

But nothing felt dear

It all felt different

The food was a little bland

The water too cold

The dinner was too early

There weren’t many people at home

But then one afternoon someone called her name

Told her they had a little surprise

They should have realized that she might have been shy

A lot of excited eyes with very bright smiles

They all gathered behind her exchanging sighs

Today, after days, there was cardamom in her chai.

Team Open Sky would love to meet & interact with artists of different genre, if you are one among them then reach out to us at [email protected]

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