PIONEER PAKISTANI ARTIST RAZIA FEROZE
Fairy tales Pakistani Style in Urdu
The quest for giving the Identity to Pakistan was taken by the artists. These were the people who knew that the Identity of Pakistan mattered and it had to be projected on all fronts. Razia Sirajuddin was doing this in a very big way. Unfortunately we have not come across some of her publications. A relative seems reluctant to share her with us in any way. The matter rests. In any case we came across a book by Razia Feroze with an introduction by M.A. Rahman Chughtai in 1954. It is a small publication published by the Bible Society Lahore, but it is a historical document in all ways. It is worthy of being shared with others.
Razia Feroze was born in Shahpur Punjab in 1925, and when she was two only, her father Dr Ferozeuddin brought her to Lahore. Reared in Lahore, studying at Convent Jesus and Mary and then at Kinnaird College, she achieved excellence in many fields. The inspiration of her life was her father Dr Ferozeuddin, who unlike the greedy doctor of today, used to be so kind to his patients and used to treat many of them free of cost. This compassion was inherent in Razia herself all her life. She evolved a good friendly relation with M.A. Rahman Chughtai who encouraged her all his life. The foreword proves this in all ways. The Americans offered her a scholarship to study and lecture in the United States.
The quest for doing this kind of job, was in the hearts and minds of many people. It was a poverty stricken Pakistan and whatever one could do, one did. We salute Miss Razia Feroze for her many ventures. She was doing painting, sculpture and even nude studies. But that is a separate blog in itself.