|Sudanese art is primarily decorative. Rather than
images, you might see intricate geometric designs or beautiful carvings
in ebony or ivory, or metal or leather work, such as daggers and sheaths.
Women make decorative items for their households such as doilies for serving
The Institute of Fine Arts and Technology has encouraged graphic artists including a number of printmakers, calligraphers and photographers who have achieved international recognition. Ibrahim al Salahi is perhaps the best known artist and is proficient in all three media.
|There are a number of museums in Khartoum: the
National Museum, which has a collection of ancient artifacts, the National
History Museum and the Ethnographical Museum. The Khartoum Library is noted
for its African and Sudanese collection.
Music is popular. Some Sudanese musicians, such as Abdel Karim al-Kabli, are known outside the country for interesting, restrained blends of Arabic melodies and African rhythms. The Nubian musician, Hamza el-Din, who plays the oud, (a stringed musical instrument), has been well known in North America for some time.
|Literature, including poetry, is sophisticated
all across the Arab-influenced world. Tayeb Salih writes fictional accounts
of life in northern Sudan. His novel Season of Migration to the North
explores the relationship between Sudanese and Western culture. Two other
internationally acclaimed writers are poet Taban Lo Liyong and Sirr Anai