Jimmy lists mural of “Javid Namah” as his major achievement
10 Nov 2015
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LAHORE (By Zahid Riffat): Renowned Pakistani artist, social worker , peace activist and stamp designer Jimmy Engineer has listed big mural of “Javid Namah” , poetic collection of great poet and thinker Allama Mohammad Iqbal, as one of his major achievements as a creative artist.
Jimmy Engineer said that huge Pakistan Movement paintings have also given him immense fame , reputation and appreciation within Pakistan as well as around the world and he is genuinely proud of his these major artistic achievements.
According to a message received here , Jimmy Engineer said this while addressing a gathering of Pakistani and local communities members in Berlin, Germany, on the eve of birth anniversary of great poet and philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal which is being celebrated all over Pakistan and in Germany and elsewhere around the globe on November 09.
Jimmy Engineer is currently in Berlin, Germany, for couple of weeks as part of his yet another long goodwill tour of Europe and USA and is visiting cultural and other institutes and addressing gatherings of local and Pakistani communities including artists and art lovers occasionally and highlighting his creative art work by displaying prints of his selected paintings as well as promoting and projecting soft, moderate, progressive and peace loving image of Pakistan and its people.
He said that he had completed huge 10×15 feet sized mural on Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s Persian poetic collection “Javid Namah” on a wall of Dr Javid Iqbal , who expired recently, located on Main Boulevard in Gulberg, Lahore. He had started working on the mural in 1981 and completed in one year in 1982.
Giving the background to his artistic achievement to the appreciative gathering, Jimmy Engineer said that Allama Mohammad Iqbal in one of his numerous letters to his son Javid Iqbal had written that in the first instance, no artist will ever be able transform “Javid Namah” in colours on the canvas or as a mural and if at all anyone accomplished this task then he will attain international fame and reputation. He said a over the years a number of local and foreign artists had tried their hands during life time of the great thinker and poet and even afterwards but had failed to accomplish the challenging task. He said on the encouragement of Dr Javid Iqbal, he had undertaken the task as a challenge and completed it in just one year with the blessings of Almighty Allah.
Jimmy also apprised the gathering about creation of huge Pakistan Movement series of paintings prints of some of which were displayed on the occasion. He said that it is quite interesting that he was able to create such huge paintings about Muslims migration to their new homeland in on partition in 1947 merely through his imagination and bad dreams about bloodshed and violence reflecting the sufferings of Muslim men, women and children though he himself was born in 1954, seven years after Pakistan had come into existence, the message concluded.