A STREET IN LAHORE NAMED AFTER RAHEEM BAKSH – FAMOUS ARCHITECT AND GRANDFATHER OF CHUGHTAI ARTIST

A STREET IN LAHORE NAMED AFTER RAHEEM BAKSH
FAMOUS ARCHITECT AND GRANDFATHER OF CHUGHTAI ARTIST

Secrets of the Ages

Plan of Lahore 1929
Plan of Lahore 1929

A map of Lahore dated 1929 highlights various mohallas and streets of Lahore. Most of these streets used to have the typical British Blue and White Sign and these signs remained there for a long time. Modern era became the most destructive as many of these were removed, probably to sell to some kabaria for a handful of CHANAS, or desi cholas as we call them here. No respect for history or legacy. Instead of repairing, the best is to completely remove, destroy and keep no record.

Street Raheem Baksh
Street Raheem Baksh

The map shows a street near Takia Sadhus, named after some Raheem Baksh. Of course we know that adjacent is Mohalla Chabuk Sawaran which housed the ancestral home of M.A. Rahman Chughtai artist. Raheem Baksh was a famous architect involved in many British projects here in Lahore and it is possible that a street was named after him, near his house, or perhaps even a property owned by him. This would really be near the Chinay Wali Mosque in the area. Obviously research is the requirement.

Raheem Baksh Mimar
Raheem Baksh Mimar

A lot of research has been done on this man, some of which is included in our brochure on Dara Shikoh. More will be undertaken, for if nobody else, we are bothered about preserving our legacy.

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