चाँदनी महल (परियों का आस्‍ताना, डेरा) बेमिसाल ईदगाह देवी मन्दिर कैराना कैराना का नवाब तालाब कैराना के इतिहास पर ऐतिहासिक भाषण


Jamil Naqsh-London (Pakistan's leading artist)



Jamil Naqsh (Pakistan's leading artists):
Kairanvi His persona is reclusive, elusive, almost solitary and his work - it is exclusive, abstruse and almost rarefied. Jamil Naqsh, an enigmatic artist, lives his life on his own terms, calls his own shots, does exactly what he wants to do and in doing so maintains his position as one of Pakistan's leading artists. A brilliant contemporary painter, his success story is an amalgam of immense talent, creativity, labour, single-mindedness and of course strategy. The Naqsh mystique has been engineered and it is very much there. A ploy it may be but it is a charming one at that, for it adds that something extra to his artistic genius, shifting his work to a much higher plane. This success story unfolded in the peaceable, romantic environs of distant Kairana in the U.P. Province of India, where the young artist was born in 1939, in a cultured Muslim zamindar family. Young Jamil was nurtured in a climate of creativity, where artistic, musical and literary pursuits were freely practiced. His childhood memories are entwined amidst family pets - horses, cats, pigeons and a favourite goat - kite flying, chess, shikaar, Persian and Urdu poetry, classical music together with prayers and fasting. At the age of nine, in 1947, the trauma of displacement that came with partition hit the growing child harder than most others. Having lost his mother when he was five, Jamil migrated to Pakistan with his elder siblings, but his father remained behind - never to meet again. Bereft of parental moorings, unsettled Jamil trekked back home in his early teens, perhaps to recapture a lost childhood - but it was not to be. For two years he journeyed through Chittagong to Calcutta, Khatmandu to Colombo, Peshawar to Karachi. In 1953 his journey ended in Lahore, where he joined the Mayo School of Arts & Crafts. Mayo School of Arts & Crafts. As a student of Mayo, the young Jamil got his first taste of modern art. Pioneer modernist Shakir Ali had just arrived in Lahore after his sojourn abroad. His concepts on rudiments of contemporary art were a breath of fresh air for the young artists in the making, Jamil Naqsh including. However, keeping in mind the traditional ambience of Kairana, the artist's childhood home, his love for the classical and the oriental in arts was a very natural preference. At the Mayo school he was introduced to the art of miniature painting courtesy, the renowned Ustad Haji Sheriff. Soon Jamil Naqsh abandoned his study courses at Mayo to work full time with Ustad Sheriff. Thus began his grounding in this discipline. Working from morning to dusk he imbibed technique, methodology, and unique intricacies peculiar to Mughal miniature painting. At this juncture, developments in modern art in Pakistan were rapid, popular and eagerly accepted. The synthesis of abstraction and finesse of miniature apparent in Jamil's work now probably had its origin in that early educative phase when he was learning in a climate of twin exposures. Album painting and non-objective art are mutually contradictory but Jamil Naqsh borrowed the best of both to create his own aesthetic vocabulary, which then became his signature style.
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