By Zareef Baloch
For making a sculpture of sand, a group of 3 to 4 artists work together as it involves a lot of hard work.

Pasni, the coastal city of Makran, known for its art and literature is called ‘Lucknow of Balochistan’. Sand Art is steadily gaining popularity amongst the youngsters of this city.

The fishermen locality is producing most talented artists, most of the sand sculptures are made on the coast of Juddi.

One of the artists Sajid Moosa, a member of Izm-Aazmaan group which promotes sand art, talking about sand sculpting said, “While making sand sculpture one has to minutely view every angle before starting, unlike painting. One mistake and your entire hard work gets wasted.”

The sand in Pasni is unique making it the most suitable material for sand art which is not found anywhere else, according to the local artists.

He said that his group had participated in Gawadar Sand Art Festival. “Our next program is to make sand sculptures at the coast of kandMalir, however, the sand of Pasni coast is better than other areas for sand sculpting”, he explained.

According to Moosa the sand is gathered by a shovel then made harder through water and after sculpting it is cleansed with a brush.

Pasni has earned the title of ‘Lucknow of Balochistan’ due to its love for literature and art.

Explaining the process, local poet and artist Kamran Aslam told Pak Voices, “Sand art is different from other forms of art as in this art a group of three to four people work together to sculpt and it can take 3 to 4 hours to complete. Every person does their own work.”

Sand artists have made a rare species of Green Turtle that nests in the coastal areas of Jiwani.

“Various tools are needed for making sand sculptures and the local artists get these tools from Karachi,” he said.

“Sand sculpting is a unique form of art and many children are also getting an interest in this art”, local teacher Miran Qazi told Pak voices.

Danish Saeed another member of Izm-Aazmaan said that they started the art of sand sculpting three years back in Pasni.

Local students are also taking a keen interest in sand art as they tried their hand at making this dolphin which is also a rare species locally known as Gokain.

“We have made many sand sculptures and it is not an easy art. It requires hard work and time and ironically it doesn’t stay for long and is washed away by water tides in a few hours”, he said.

“The artists are making use of this art on self help basis as we have no platform or government’s patronage to help highlight this rare form of talent,” he said regrettably.

Zareef Baloch is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Pasni, Balochistan. All photos by the author.

This article has been translated by Aneela Riazuddin.