THE MANY SIKH FRIENDS OF M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI – LOVING PUNJABI BROTHERS IN ART AND LITERATURE

THE MANY SIKH FRIENDS OF M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI
LOVING PUNJABI BROTHERS IN ART AND LITERATURE

Khushwant Singh and wife Kanwal with Manzoor Qadir and wife

Around 1920 M.A. Rahman Chughtai got typhoid fever and a stage came when all hope was being lost. It was suggested that he should go to Kashmeer for recovery. In Simla a Sikh Doctor used to come on horseback to treat him. Later on it was found that the Sikh Doctor was instructed by Bhai Vir Singh to treat Abdur Rahman Chughtai. In Simla a meeting of Sikh friends took place, which included Joginder Singh, Dr Thakur Singh, and Sunder Singh Majeetha in praise of the Art of M.A. Rahman Chughtai.

Ishwar Singh
Sardar Puran Singh

In 1951 Jawahar Lal Nehru instigted the publication of CHUGHTAI INDIAN PAINTINGS. Sardar Kashmira Singh of Khalsa College Amritsar wrote an introduction to it. A beautiful analysis of his works.

Sobha Singh painter

Without going into details right now, suffice that in the advent of M.A. Rahman Chughtai struggle for Art his Sikh Punjabi friends were hand in hand with him. We praise their love for the artist. More later!

Bhai Vir Singh

3 thoughts on “THE MANY SIKH FRIENDS OF M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI – LOVING PUNJABI BROTHERS IN ART AND LITERATURE”

    1. My dear Arif Rahman Chughtai,
      Very many thanks for remembering my late father Ishwar Chitarkar. He was a humanist in everything he wrote and painted. He celebrated his profound sentiments, love and thoughts for all the humanity around him in his creative works and in his actions. I agree with you that in this sense he was a Maharajah of his own world.
      With my warmest affections and best thoughts to you and your family.
      Tarun Bedi

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