A FAMOUS HAKEEM OF LAHORE FROM FAMOUS HAKEEMS FAMILY – SYED BUZURG SHAH, WITH A KOCHA IN LAHORE NAMED AFTER HIM.
A certain part of the family of M.A. Rahman Chughtai lived in Kocha Buzurg Shah, just near the Chowk of Masjid Wazeer Khan. The closest was his phopha (father’s sister husband) Baba Miran Baksh, traditional naqash family of Lahore. Other relatives were also there.
Historian of Lahore Kanaya Lal mentions two Buzurg Shahs in Lahore. One related to Hakeem Inayat Shah of Hakeem Nathu Shah. There were three sons of Inayat Shah’s sister, namely Muhammed Shah, Bahadur Shah and Buzurg Shah. On other hand there was Wali Shah, whose sister too had three sons Buzurg Shah, Ahmad Shah, and an unnamed third son. I think it is Buzurg Shah, related to Inayat Shah. An inscription on a manuscript of Qasida Burda shows Buzurg Shah, to be son of Syed Ghulam Shah. Both citizens of Lahore in same time period.
Lineage starts from Syed Amir Baksh Al Hasni Al Hussaini Al Makki al-mashoor Syed Nathu Shah, reference manuscript “Intikhab Lateef” written (or copied) in 1179 AH, so it goes to 18th century, from 19th century. From him comes Syed Inayat Shah, a maqbara still existing in Kocha Buzurg Shah (although the area is almost demolished by now), and then from his sister, three sons.
We will eventually try to load an image, as present condition does not allow the same. The interesting part is that this maqbara was made by Raheem Baksh, grandfather of Chughtai artist, and maintained till 1913 by Mian Kareem Baksh his son. In fact, there were two Multani naqashi plates on the entrance, put there by Mian Kareem Baksh, as well as known to everybody then. All these families were interconnected. A large selection of books was discovered there as well as antiquity pieces. There was even a calligraphic qita written by Muhammed Hussain, step brother of M.A. Rahman Chughtai, which we will put up eventually. So, in all ways there was deep relations between two families. The famous municipal engineer, Mian Badar-uddin also lived in same mohalla. Another interesting part was a perhaps ten (or more) stories single room house, which was unimaginable at that time. Those who lived in it one thing, even looking at it made you dizzy. Like the tower of Pizza, even tilted at places. How mimars of that period managed the request cannot be understood, but it was an engineering feat of that time? So many unknown dimensions of Lahore.