LOST LEGACY OF IN LAWS AND PROSPECTIVE IN LAWS, OF
M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI, WORTHY OF BEING RECORDED.
According to the traditions of the time, Abdur Rahman Chughtai was married to his relative, Wazeer un Nisa in 1911, when he was about 14/15 years old. The family was an old Chughtai family of Lahore, living outside Masjid Wazeer Khan. That family was of Bindri-gars as such with artistic traditions. The great grandmother, namely Imam Bibi of Wazeer un nisa, was a direct relative of Chughtai Sahib. The lady died in 1966 in Lahore. It was reputed that she attained an age of 120 years and had seen the parade of Maharajah Kharrack Singh in her life time. This happened outside Masjid of Wazeer Khan and Kharrack Singh’s elephant got bogged down in mud after heavy rain.
The parents were Mian Muhammed Chughtai and Khairunnisa (otherwise Baybay).
In his visit to Europe in 1932, Chughtai Sahib, was attached to Elza Huiffner, and if conditions had been otherwise, it would have resulted in a marriage, but it never happened. However, the artist remained attached to her all his life. Elza Huiffner had an unsuccessful marriage and migrated to the United States, where her daughter survives as an individual artist. Not much is known about them, for they prefer to remain incognito for their own reasons. A grand daughter (probably) did call here also with a hidden identity. The mother Mrs Huiffner does not look like a typical German lady, although her overly tanned face must be due to stay in a sunny place. There are signs of a removed necklace, where the tan did not work.
In 1944 Chughtai Sahib was married to Kishwar Iqbal Bano in Amritsar. We have already written about the same. A wedding enquiry which went to a house in Amritsar to a Railway family was refused by those people, with demands that the artist could not meet. Bhou Din Muhammed also from the Railways invited Chughtai Sahib to his own home. There Ayesha Bibi met the artist and was very impressed with him, and muttered that her cooperation will give a legacy to this handsome and famous man. She was instrumental in the acceptance of the marriage proposal, which got solemnized on 13th December, 1944. The journey which ultimately resulted in the legacy of M.A. Rahman Chughtai.