AN ART FESTIVAL IN LAHORE AND JOURNALIST BILAL QURESHI,
A BOLD STEP OF INQUIRY TO ENTER A PARALLEL WORLD OF ART.
It amuses us that there is a world out there who can thrust their norms and thoughts into Pakistan, all with use of media and financial resources. And making a hype of it. There is a thousand years of history of Art in Lahore, but in the 20th century, it was M.A. Rahman Chughtai who put Lahore on the Art map of the world. It compelled Lionel Heath, Principal Mayo School of Arts, to call Chughtai Art a new and modern school of Art from Punjab. The affinity of M.A. Rahman Chughtai with Islamic renaissance and Pakistan, made these mimics of Art highly upset. All that most of these people could do was to mimic Western art movements and trying to proclaim it as their own. They lacked pride in their traditions, and even had snobbish disdain for our beloved country Pakistan. You see tirades against Dr Allama Iqbal, Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Asad, and G.A. Pervez all the time. None had the HIMAT to speak against M.A. Rahman Chughtai, for his brother shoved their ill thoughts into proper places. The challenge in front of me was greater in newer times but as artist Shahida Rahman vouched for us, that we stood the test of time. These foolish people should have known that Chughtai Art was too great a revolution in itself to be stifled by Art gimmickry in Pakistan.
We commend Bilal Qureshi for his bold step to embark upon his mode of enquiry, and he called with speculations rife in his mind. Our world is Art and that world is a world of peace. He told me that in Pakistan there are Art lobbies, and he asked about us. I said no lobby here, except the lobby of Pakistan itself. Who needs a lobby anyway? We are our own lobby, freedom and pride of being Pakistanis with us. A deliberate attempt is made in Pakistan to even isolate references about us. A foolish trial of literally foolish people. When the MOON shines, everybody sees it! The warmth of the SUN cannot be excluded from life. The radiance of M.A. Rahman Chughtai is all over Pakistan. And it is all over the world too. When a gallery will be opened on the Planet MARS, Chughtai Art will be represented there too. So stop the nonsense. Wake up. Yes 43 years after his death, Chughtai Art lives all the more! And we serve Pakistan and we serve the world. We are proud of our heritage and the legacy lives on. Thank you, Bilal, for giving us an opportunity to show you the other world.
BATTLE OF IDEAS CONVERTED INTO QUEST FOR RESOURCES
GREED DESTROYING COMPASSION GLOBALLY FOR OTHERS
Once upon a time intellectuals fought over ideas. The quest was to make an egalitarian society bounce with vibrance of sharing issues of life. The Islamic dream was to make it a life of reward for effort, and the availability to share abundance with others. Communism gave us a view of life, but something which was to be thrusted upon people, not by their own compulsions of life. Today all countries are deeply involved in the capitalistic thrust of life. Not merely individuals greed but also nations. To bring to happiness to a few not to the society in general. Under the blanket of throbbing inhumanity, there is a volcano always ready to burst into oblivion for many. For Islam effort creates money, not money creates money. All the Mullahs, all the Secular on one page on this. Greed destroyed principles perhaps totally.
Most songs, both Eastern and Western sang the song that money cannot do all things. Muhammed Rafi could speak of “Chandi ke dewar no tori” while the Beatles raved about “Money cannot buy me love”. It was universal truth once, then the illusion was started that money could do all things. Then why the richest people in the world are so unhappy, unsatisfied and hunger for contentment which never comes to them, except through philanthropic works. The universal truth is that making somebody else smile brings smile into your life too. This is the Law of Reciprocity, and the Quran defines it as the Law of Mukufat amal.
The sad truth is that when Ideas battle actual warfare is not far away. When change does not come from acceptance, it brings in revolution, and many such revolutions are indeed bloody. Can we grow up in time before Greed destroys the world in total?
SPLASH ART IN PAKISTAN ON POLITICAL AGENDAS
THE ZENITH OF ART GIMMICKRY AND ART ANIMALS
The world is experimenting with paintings being done by animals. Amazing talents of the animals in playing riot with colours. Shows are held of animal painting and some sold for thousands of dollars in USA. Unfortunately our zoos are not doing same. Lahore Zoo should have woken up to this idea long ago. Perhaps the reason for that sleep is that instead of animals in zoo, outside world has Splash Art as an Art Gimmicky reached its height in forging political agenda of foreign lobbies. It is natural that the chaos and anarchy of the political world will eventually enter the world of Pakistani Art too. The public stands amused by this creativity taken very seriously by some. Obviously no one is even allowed to cry or laugh. It is bringing distraught to all serious painters in Pakistan.
EVEN THE EVERY DAY USE LOTA REFLECTS IN CLEAR TERMS
THE TWO NATION THEORY AND THAT IS INDEED AMAZING
Observation is clearly required for analysis. We were reading a very interesting comment by world renowned historian Dr Abdullah Chaghatai. He compares the Islamic lota (used for toilet purposes) with the Hindu Guddawi (used for Astan purposes). There is a well defined sprout in the Muslim lota and hardly any sprout in the Guddawi. Dr Chaghatai spells it in clear terms. The Muslims needed a long sprout to clean that particular section of the body, while the Hindu community had no such requirement. Plenty of water, versus a small Guddawi for sprinkling purposes. This is not imagination, this is clear cut fact that the Lota represents the two nation theory so well.
An Islamic Arts scholar came from London and we discussed the shape pf the sprout. He was defining the Lota in terms of centuries and I asked him, how on earth just by visual observation, he could date an utensil, and a lota. His reply was simple. He said it is the flow of the line. In a thousand years instead of advancing the aesthetics, you lost the basic aesthetic shape of the Lota. Amazing it was!
Look around. We can all live in peace, but we also have to acknowledge two different ways of life. Islamic way tells us SAFAI NISF IMAN, Islamic faith is fifty percent all about cleanliness. And a long sprout enables us to clean all parts of the body involved in toilet.
ALLAMA ASAD ON WHY PAKISTAN IN 1948
NO WONDER QUAID LOVED HIM GREATLY
We are lucky to have various issues of ARAFAT magazine in our archives. Reading the very first issue give you jitters and you feel like shouting out accolades for Allama Asad, who indeed was not merely a wonderful person, but centuries ahead in intellectual might.. For some time he lived in Model Town itself. Quaid e Azam gave him the task of being the Director of the Department of Islamic Reconstruction. Let us share some of his sentences for welfare of Pakistan. The first statement made is:
“We cannot, even if we wanted, continue to live as we have hitherto lived- complacently, secure in the illusion that the pattern of life accepted as valid in past times must fore ever remain valid.”
And he adds:
“Islam does not content itself with influencing the life of the spirit alone but aims also at shaping all the physical aspects of our life in accordance with the Islamic world-view. IN THE GRAND SCHEME PROPOUNDED TO US IN THE QURAN AND IN THE LIFE EXAMPLE OF THE HOLY PROPHET, ALL THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF HUMAN EXISTENCE- MORAL
AND PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL AND INTELLECTUAL, INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNAL- HAVE ALSO BEEN TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION AS PARTS OF THE INDIVISIBLE WHOLE WHICH WE CALL ‘HUMAN LIFE’ .”
Pakistan was made by Quaid-e-Azam not as a religious dogma but as a DEEN, a complete way of life. The vision was of Dr Allama Iqbal, and Quaid e Azam selected G.A. Pervez and Allama Asad to devise a strategy for IJJTEHAD in life of the new country. Moronic leadership brought in the Mullah to reinforce their outdated rules of life. We continue our research!
DISTORTING HISTORY FAVOURITE GAME OF EXTREMIST HINDU WRITERS
SULTAN ALLAUDDIN KHILJI NOT AT ALL AS REPRESENTED IN FOR LOUGHS
The world is in utter chaos. People sing about merits of democracy so many times and yet cannot prove even one benefit for the people of Pakistan. Corruption is not hidden any more. Songs are sung about it and a system without accountability cannot justify our value system. Liars have become so habitual that they do not even remember what they said even one day before the utterance.
Our esteemed Islamic writer Dr Ghulam Sarwar Niazi has written an exceptionally researched book on Sultan Allauddin Khilji. We will quote from it time to time. Till then read our blog on Khilji again and enjoy the true perception of our Sultans.