On the compounds of Wazeer Khan mosque and the Naqashi School of Baba Miran Baksh a photograph taken with the back of M.A. Rahman Chughtai and in the distance (group of three) stands a relative Mian Abdullah and the two brothers Abdullah and Abdur Raheem. An amazing memory. Chughtai stands with a senior unrecognized but could be Fazal Din Sahaf. Then on his first marriage day with the other two grooms. Group photograph. Again so rare, obtaining it was a miracle. Then a group photograph at Mayo School of Arts, stands Chughtai artist with his brother Master Abdullah. And then a professional photograph done by a friend of his at that time. The same photograph made into a painting by another artist Mian Abdur Rahman.
Monthly Archives: March 2019
THE IMPULSE TO ADORN NIKAH NAMAS WITH ISLAMIC AESTHETICS – TRADITION BEING REVIVED AT PLACES AND ROLE OF LAHORE ARTISTS
Ordinary people got married at simple functions, where there was nor even a written record of a marriage. People collected together and witnessed a marriage. Then when women were deprived of their legitimate rights, things started to get on record. The British period in Lahore led to registration of nikahs. Lavish displays were not for any record. The nikah namas evolved in Lahore from hand drawn documents to printed ones. Designed by various artists in Lahore. Baba Miran Baksh and his son Muhammed Hayat Naqash also used to draw these forms with traditional naqashi and were sold for around Two rupees at that time. A full fledged nikah forms business was there in Lahore with various designs for them.
Farooq Ishaq and Umar Shazad are the new designers from Pakistan. A form to treasure should be as beautiful as possible. Satanic minds in international circles are making a taboo of marriage itself and innovations to break the sacred contract are there ever more. The devil initiated concepts like SAYING NO TO HUSBAND and SAYING YES TO OTHERS. Adultery is no longer a crime in India in these new shape of things. Utter shame for any judicial system to sabotage sacred bond of human beings. And then initiating same sex marriages as a sort of romantic undertaking. It seems that Western powers want to erase the blessings of Allah on our society. The curse of Allah is not far behind Satanic minds.
A FUNCTION IN LAHORE 17TH FEBRUARY 1917 IN COMMEMORATION – KHAN BAHADUR TITLE SIRAJUDDIN PUBLISHER KASHMEERI BAZAAR – INVITATION OF YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER ABDUR RAHMAN CHUGHTAI
Photography was a passion with Abdur Rahman Chughtai. He had got his hand on a wooden box camera and he fitted plates in it, and photographed many famous families of Lahore. Some of them still had plates he made, as well as photographs he did. In a very interesting way his specialty was colouring the black and white photographs with a spray pen of aerograph. His aerographic spray became famous in Lahore. One of his most famous work was that of an Englishman, who was Director Education in Lahore. His colouring of Dr Allama Iqbal’s work is well known.
There was a function at Jahangeer’s mausoleum in Lahore to celebrate the award of Khan Bahadur title to publisher Sirajuddin of Kashmeeri Bazaar. The artist was there in a group photograph but that went missing in time. In any case there is some record left and we can share that in time. A famous family of Mochi Darwaza too retained these plates till some time back, but when they shifted their house, we lost track of them. We do know that the son of that person used to work in united Bank Limited. If they read this. they can get in touch with us.
A MEMORY OF A FAMOUS HINDU FROM LAHORE – LALA MELA RAM 1876 AND 1886 RAI BAHADUR
Lala Mela Ram was a famous son of Lahore. His factory, his house as well as his many things were left in Lahore. The Mela Ram road is still there near Data Darbar Sahib and is called Darbar road now. A huge safe was salvaged by people, which included a host of documents. Stocks worth lakhs of rupees, photographs of his family, invitation cards (including the investiture of British Kings and Queens) from London, an astro globe of horoscope, a Kama Sutra manuscript with illustrations, as well as the certificates of his proclamation as RAI and as RAI BAHADUR. Chughtai Museum just acquired these two documents for record archives, at a great cost. The resources did not allow acquisition of other objects.
The same are presented as a homage of peace from Lahore to the Hindus of India. Live in peace!
THE INSECURITY OF WESTERN SCHOLARSHIP ABOUT ISLAMIC ART OBSESSED WITH TRYING TO PROVE EUROPEAN ART INSPIRATION – AND YET WESTERN PAINTERS THEMSELVES SUCCUMBED TO AURA OF MUSLIM ARTISTS FROM REMBRANDT TO STREET PAINTERS
Islamic art inspired many Western artists. Masters like Rembrandt and Bellini were struck by the beauty of Islamic art. But even ordinary things saw this effect in place. You see various western paintings with Islamic carpets in them, Islamic naqashi in their background and architecture being influenced by same too. The greatest effect we see in design of churches as well as aesthetics of bibles. We talk more about that later. Till then stop this charade of cultural hegemony. Chauvinism of inspiration taken too literally. We were not far behind but ahead at many places.
AN OFFICIAL RECORD OF RECONCILIATION OF HINDU MUSLIM NATIONS – ATTEMPTED IN COINS ISSUED AT MAHMUDPUR (LAHORE) BY SULTANS
Mahmud (998-1030) Silver dirham, bilingual type, Mahmudpur (Lahore)
Weight: 2.81 gm., Diameter: 19 mm., Die axis: 7 o’clock
Arabic legend: Shahada followed by yamin al-daula wa amin mahmud al-milla
(Mahmud guardian of the faith), al-qadir above, billah at left
Date in the margin: AH 418 (= 1027-1028 CE) /
Sanskrit legend in Sharada letters: avyaktameka muhammada avatar nripati mahamuda
(the Invisible is One, Muhammad is the manifestation, Mahmud the king)
Very soon after that Sultan Masud the son of Sultan Mahmud 1041-1050 AD started the HORSE AND BULL series, which were carried for quite some time by the other Sultans too. The Horse represented the Muslims, the Bull represented the Hindus.
A thousand years gone and except for limited times, no reconciliation took place. The Muslims were broad minded enough to be large hearted. That is why millions embraced Islam. We see the same relevance today as both nations are still at war with each other. Give peace a chance! Shanti Maharaj Shanti! Be calm seek tranquility.
AN UNKNOWN ARAB MOHALLA IN LAHORE OF 10TH CENTURY – CENTURIES OF ACCUMULATED PREJUDICE CANNOT GO AWAY
Muslims came into this region long long time ago. Arab traders were here even before Islam, and they mixed well in the environment. Ancients mosques existed here. Some of them still exist here. In 982 AD the author of HUDUDAL ALAM states that all the inhabitants of Lahore were idolaters and there were no Muslims here. But Fakhri i Mudahhabir states that Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi built a separate Mohalla here for Muslims and it was called Arab Mohalla and he built a mosque of bricks here called Khusti Masjid, which was a marvel in its age.
“FAḴR-E MODABBER, pen-name of Moḥammad b. Manṣūr b. Saʿīd, entitled Mobārakšāh, author of two prose works in Persian written in India in the late 6th/12th and early 7th/13th century, a book on genealogy with no formal title and the famous Ādāb al-ḥarb wa’l-šajāʿa”.
THE ATTACK ON LAHORE (1043-1049) MARTYRDOM AT ITS BEST. A memory of national resolve. GANJ SHAHEEDAIN OF LAHORE. In the year 435 AH (1043 AD), the Raja of Delhi was able to rally other Hindu Rajas to accost and drive the Muslims out of India.
Lahore has seen many attacks on its soil. This was the first important one. The 1965 one when an Indian General proclaimed that he would have his peg (alcoholic drink) in Lahore Gymkhana. And he never got there, thanks to our valiant Army. Today the Army of Pakistan stands to defend our country again, from terrorists who cannot forget the prejudice of 1200 years. Rewriting history and hybrid war cannot erase the complex from the mind or soul.