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Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi – A Legendary Calligrapher

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi was one of the finest calligraphy artists of Pakistan. He won many awards for his out of the ordinary approach to rediscovering the art of calligraphy. He was a multi-talented arts rebel who carved out his own place in the world of calligraphic art.

Let us have a look at a snapshot of his life.

A Brief Look at the Life of Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi was originally from Amroha, India. He was born in 1923. He had his first exhibition held in Quetta back in 1954. His murals hang in some of the most iconic buildings and places in Pakistan. The artist was given Tamgh-e-Imtiaz back in 1960. France awarded the artist with Laureate de Paris in 1961. He also received President’s Medal of Honor in 1962. The artist also had his work showcased outside the country including Abu Dhabi, Aligarh, Banaras, Hyderabad, and Delhi.

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi was well known for his work. The master gave a new life to the centuries-old art of calligraphy. The calligraphic work of Sadequain was beyond reproach by using his creativity and adding a new dimension to the art. The artist fused the idea of calligraphy with that of paintings, to add more expression to his artistic whims.

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi’s Family Roots into the Art

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi - A Legendary CalligrapherSadequain was a maverick who helped revive the art of calligraphy. However, he had his roots firmly established in a family of calligraphers. A stylist of his world, he did not choose the safe path of following the Naskh and Kufic. Instead, he opted to make impressions in his unique style. The newly invented elegant twist to calligraphy gave it a fresh start, getting compared with other contemporary forms of arts in Pakistan.

Sadequain was a man of immense talent and with a multi-dimensional personality. Besides calligraphic paintings, he also drew elaborate illustrations, expansive murals, and penned poetry. The artist did not have that typical materialistic mindset. He was famous for giving away his paintings for free. He refused to take any money even in the form of royalties.

The Famous Murals of Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi

Some of the most famous murals by Sadequain decorated the following landmark places.

  • Punjab University Library
  • Powerhouse at Abu Dhabi
  • Frere Hall Karachi
  • Geological Institute of India
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Aligarh Museum University
  • Lahore Museum, Lahore
  • The Power House, Mangla Dam
  • The State Bank of Pakistan
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