ART COLLECTIONS WORLD CARRY UNIDENTIFIED BEHZAD LAHORI NO ONE WILLING TO GIVE CREDIT TO LAHORE AND ITS PAINTERS
A quick scan of books on Islamic art and here and there we come across the signature Behzad. The work of Kamaluddin Behzad is easily recognizable, but the other Behzad is dismissed as a forgery or false attribution. And this is not the case at all., Here we are talking about Behzad Lahori son of Khawaja Abdul Samad, who moved from Kabul to Lahore at the invitation of Emperor Humayoun and served Emperor Akbar and others. If we just open our prejudiced eyes, we can see this on our own, easily.
Take for instance the work SEATED ARTIST. Scholars agree that this painting is around 1600 AD and it has both Safavid and Mughal feelings to its creation. Mughal yes, obviously. The year 892 AH comes to 1486 AD which cannot be so. The numerals 89 are clear, the third symbol is not. Artists at times mention their age when doing paintings. Even Kamaluddin Behzad has mentioned a painting which he created at 70 years of age. It would be a great achievement of Behzad Lahori if he created this work at the age of 89 years. We just do not know. Why not mention that Behzad is from Lahore? Stuart Cary Welch agreed with me when he came here in 1981 to our show. Scholar Ebadollah Bahari also knows same. Painter Razia Feroze has written a monumental book on Behzad, and we hope some day it can be published. Till then clarify in books. We do so all the time. Read other too:
The news is everywhere of the conversion of the V logger Canadian lady Rosie Gabrielle and everybody happy over the incident. Well done Rosie! And perhaps people are missing an important point. She is holding in her hand a copy of the MEANING OF THE QURAN by Muhammed Asad. Real congratulations to her and the soul of Muhammed Asad. In his work Muhammed Asad transliterates (not translation merely) (yes, mahfoom) that this copy is for the thinking person.
Muhammed Asad himself converted to Islam, and so much impressed Quaid e Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah, that the Quaid appointed him as an adviser and put him in the charge of the DEPARTMENT OF ISLAMIC RECONSTRUCTION, after going through his magazine the ARAFAT. The work of Allama Asad as well as Allama G.A. Pervez broke the shackles of perversion of ignorant minds. People will try to detract you Rosie from the path of truth. Hold on to the banner of ONE ISLAM without any sectarian or group issues. When you recite the Kalma, the Quran is enough for you, as vouched by Hazrat Umar (Blessings) himself. Well done!
THE CLAY MOULDING MASTERS OF LAHORE THE MIND BOGGLING DRAWING AESTHETICS
Lahore surprises us with clay figurines of exceptional talent. Certainly these were not meant for mere children, and their price and value would be totally different. We hear of COGOO GHORAS of Lahore. But those were simple clay models, repeated endlessly, without any real aesthetic value. But on other hand we come across figurines of exceptional merit, certainly done by Masters in their trade, as well as the drawing by equally important Masters. The subjects of such Ustads are endless. We have so many different ones and each one surprises us with their intensity of being moulded from clay. Clay must be exceptional too, by being hard as well as having capacity for nice detailing.
We present here a broken figurine of a tall man, very slim, with a bird on his shoulders. He is wearing a cap of some nature. Some writing perhaps on it too. What kind of a bird it is? Falcon, parrot, or some other species, and for what purposes? We hear of bird hunters and we try to guess that it is a figure of a bird hunter. Is the bird on his shoulder a decoy, companion, or a bird hunter too! One can only do guess work. The man has an exceptional face, nothing in routine or otherwise. A tall man with a bent back is indeed excellent perception. Did he exist or is it from mere Imagination? No one knows, but one can enjoy as an art observer, the detailing of a Clay Master of Lahore. Broken arms could have told us more things, or even legs. Maybe it was part of a bigger sculpture. One can only guess. But still enjoy!