The most popular search engine, Google, needs no introduction. Through its doodles, Google celebrates important events, days and extraordinary personalities from around the world. Today, Google pays a tribute to the world renowned Pakistani artist, Sadequain. The renowned calligrapher and painter was born in Amroha, India on 30th June, 1930 and today marks his 87th birthday.
Google’s Tribute to Sadequian
This is the doodle that Google put up on its homepage:
What Google Has To Say About Sadequain
Google published the following literature with the doodle:
“In 1960s Pakistan, Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi stroked new life into the centuries-old art of Islamic calligraphy, turning words into vibrantly detailed expressionist paintings. Today’s Doodle celebrates Sadequain’s legacy as one of Pakistan’s most popular and prolific artists.
Sadequain created his own distinct script outside of the traditional kufic (angular) and naskh (cursive) styles. Descended from a family of calligraphers, he turned a practical art form into one of vivid expression — a shift that has given calligraphy a presence in the contemporary art scene of Pakistan.
Sadequain also painted vast murals, drew elaborate illustrations, and even wrote powerful poetry. Though he created a large body of work, he rejected material wealth. He was an artist for the people and was known to give his paintings away for free, even refusing to take on commissions from royalty and heads of state around the world.
Many of Sadequain’s murals still adorn the walls of public buildings in Pakistan and India. One of them, “Quest for Knowledge,” can be seen on the ceiling of the Lahore Museum — or online at the Google Cultural Institute.
Renowned for his work in Pakistan, Sadequain received national awards like the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and the Presidential Medal of Honor. He was also recognized in art circles abroad, receiving the Paris Biennale Prize in 1961.
Today we celebrate Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi with Pakistan and honor his contributions to the arts and to public space.”
Sadequian Had a Distinctive Style in Art, Says Wikipedia
According to Wikipedia, “Sadequain was the most prolific painter of the after the independence of Pakistan in 1947….He worked on large murals for public buildings symbolic of the collective labour of humanity.
As a master muralist some of his works adorn the halls of:
- The State Bank of Pakistan
- The Power House at the Mangla Dam
- Lahore Museum, Lahore
- Aligarh Muslim University
- Banaras Hindu University
- Geological Institute of India
- Frere Hall Karachi
- Powerhouse at Abu Dhabi
- Punjab University Library
He was best known for his calligraphies. Additionally, Sadequain painted abstracts, drawings, and sketches on both conventional and unconventional materials.
In 1960s, Sadequain was invited by the French authorities to illustrate the award winning novel “The Stranger” by French writer Albert Camus. Sadequain also illustrated on canvas the poetry of Ghalib, Iqbal and Faiz as homage to their place in classical literature. Moreover, he wrote thousands of quartets, which address a common theme of social and cultural dogmas and published them.
Sadeqain died on 10 February 1987 in Karachi at the age of 64. He had also received the following awards:
- 1960 – Government of Pakistan – Tamgha-e-Imtiaz
- 1961 – Government of France – Biennale de Paris
- 1962 – President of Pakistan – President’s Medal of Honor
- 1975 – Government of Australia – Cultural Award
- 1980 – Government of Pakistan – Sitara-e-Imtiaz”
Google, Pakistan is Grateful to You
Well, we should be proud of this exceptional Pakistani artist. Hats off to Google for remembering and celebrating Sadequain’s birthday. It has also previously given a similar tribute to Edhi. This goes to show that our country has produced extraordinary people and we all should also appreciate and highlight their talents and services.