Renowned artist Iqbal Mehdi passes away -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Renowned artist Iqbal Mehdi passes away

KARACHI: Renowned artist Iqbal Mehdi passed away in Rawalpindi on Monday after suffering from heart and liver diseases. His body was shifted from Rawalpindi to Karachi on Monday night and his funeral prayers will be held today (Tuesday) at the Babal-e-Ilm graveyard in North Nazimabad after Zehr prayers. Mehdi has left behind a wife, a daughter and a son.

Mehdi belonged to Amroha, also the native place of John Eilia and Sadiqqeen. He migrated from Amroha in 1958 and later called his brother to Pakistan. His parents stayed behind in India. Mehdi faced hardships in the beginning because of meager resources. He joined Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Sabt Hasan’s magazine, “Lail wo Nehar,” and with the passage of time started winning appreciation for his paintings.

“Iqbal Mehdi was not only my friend but my brother. He lived with me in my home and I, myself, settled the arrangements of his marriage. He did illustrations for my magazine, “Sab Rang,” and no amount was fixed between us. He remained with “Sab Rang” till 1974. He was a great man and we both saw the ups and downs of life together from his homes in Kharadar and North Nazimabad. He got married in 1970,” said Mehdi’s close friend, Shakeel Adilzada.
Source: Daily Times
Date:5/20/2008