Rich tributes paid to Anna Molka Ahmad

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Glowing tributes were paid to pioneer of the modern art education in Pakistan, Professor Anna Molka Ahmad during an exhibition of her works at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts. The event marked 22nd Death Anniversary of the legendary artist who was also a founder of Fine Arts Department in Punjab University.
A reference was also organized to remember the larger than life personality of the great artist. “Anna was not only a teacher but an institution in her capacity. Her services for the promotion of art education are praiseworthy,” said the Director General, PNCA Iftikhar Babar. Promotion of art and artists is our prime duty and today’s event is an acknowledgement of the contributions of the legendary artists, he added.
Dr. Shahida Manzoor highlighted her romance and passion for promotion of art as well as Pakistan’s Islamic identity. She believed in combination of theory and practice, which is reflected in her life endeavours.
Zarar Haider Babri, one of her students, elaborated her dedication through her own words saying while on bed even she was calling for the promotion and adaptation of national language and lauded that nothing can be achieved without bringing forward it in your own language.
Her love for Islamic architecture reflects her inclination towards Islamic values and Pakistani identity. Renowned Painter and Cartoonist Shoukat Mehmood (Maxim) expressed his low for his teacher and said she was not only a painter but a good administrator.
She never compromised on discipline and hard work despite being so kind to her students. Her poetry is the reflection of Quranic verses which shows her passion for Islam.

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