Birmingham: A Memorial Evening for renowned Pakistani painter Jamil Naqsh was held at the Pakistan High Commission London on 20 August 2019. To pay tribute to the great artist who passed away in London this year in May, the Evening was organised by the High Commission in collaboration with the family of Jamil Naqsh. The event was attended by family members of the artist, including his wife Mrs Najmi Sura, fans of Jamil Naqsh, art lovers from UK and Pakistan and representatives of media.
In his welcome address, High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria paid rich tributes to Jamil Naqsh and his contributions to the world of art. He also extended his condolences to the bereaved family. Mr Zakaria commended his role in introducing Pakistani art across the globe. The High Commissioner said: “Jamil Naqsh is an eminent artist with distinct style which makes him both innovative and representative of his age. Through his work, Naqsh has reclaimed the history of Indus Valley and highlighted the importance of Pakistan as a cradle of ancient civilizations. His artistic legacy would live on through generations to come.”
Those who spoke on the occasion included art critic Marjorie Husain, Sarah Pirzada Usmani, Mohammad Rafiuddin, Maham Anjum, Hammad Nasar and Shahneela Ahmed (Niece of Jamil Naqsh). The speakers shed light on the artistic journey of Naqsh and salient attributes of his paintings. They covered various aspects of Jamil Naqsh as a person and as an accomplished artist. The speakers said Naqsh was Pakistan’s internationally celebrated artist who made his distinct mark on the world of art. They were of the opinion that Naqsh was a great human being with his heart full of love for fellow human beings and his paintings reflect his love for nature and humanity abundantly.
A visual presentation on Naqsh was displayed on the screens with low volume ‘Shehnai’ as background music which created quite an ambience. At the end, Jamil Naqgh’s favourite ‘Toumba’ by Sain Zahoor was also played.
Ms Sadia Barlow moderated the event.
The community members, the guests and Jamil Naqsh’s family appreciated the High Commission’s proactive cultural outreach initiative.