There are some beautiful museums in the world which attract millions of visitors. The region of Mardan is rich in culture and especially Gandhara remains are matchless. The people of Mardan had the idea of a museum for a long time and they were keen to preserve the heritage. For this reason they formed National Heritage Preservation Societies in the past. Ultimately with the interest of the local Government Officials and the then commissioner of Mardan, Mr R N Sahibzada, the proposal of building a museum in Mardan was made in 1990. The museum was opened in April1991.
The original name is Takht-i-Bahi. This town is situated 15 km from Mardan on Swat Malakand road. In 1908/9 the ancient Buddhist history was discovered in the mountains. Large numbers of buildings look beautiful on top of the mountains.
Unfortunately the possessions of the houses and buildings have been taken away illegally and maybe decorating some famous buildings in the rest of the world. The population is expanding and new houses are approaching the site. If ignored for a few more years, the tourist and historic attractions will disappear.
Cultural heritage has a great historical significance. It represents the taste and theme of the time. The Guides Memorial Mardan also has a very relevant historical importance. It was built by the British in 1892 in memory of their soldiers who sacrificed their lives in defence of Queen’s Residency in Kabul on September 23rd 1879.This historical memorial was built in the centre of Mardan city.
Artist Appeal request from M Bugi Ansari, Holland
I met Wali with the help of a physiotherapist from Holland Jos and Yuri who pointed out to me a child with polio.I was conducting art workshops in 1989 in the Kalash valleys .He was given a jeep ride to come to Bamboorate valley for the first Kalash exhibition in the entire history of Kalash.
A function was held to honour these artists. Who ever was present there in 1989 was given a chance to see the art works of Wali including the Australian and British High Commisioners.
A large size painting 20 inches x10 feet was made by the Kalash children and Wali the Kalash child in those days now a grown artist painted goats and trees as he wished along with other children (archives 1989 dawn herald news pakistan times star daily news goete institutes alliance francaise) gave good coverage to kalash artists.Later on the same year in 1989 the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was given that priceless scroll .
I gave Wali's paintings in Holland to Jos and Yuri after ten years.I am so glad that some people in the whole world are watching your sculptures (through mardan.com) that you are making .I am in touch with few Kalash people via internet and we will get in touch with all of you soon.
I will also request to those people who can afford to buy the scuptures from Wali.This will sustain his work and one day he may produce one of the best sculptures.