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Passions of Mehran-An Interesting Study

Author: Mehmud      Publications: The Pakistan Time      Dated: 23 Apr 1969

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“Passions of Mehran” is the title of fifth one-man exhibition of Musarrat Mirzas 40 paintings which opened at the Art Council, Sale Road, on Thursday afternoon. The paintings are an interesting study of our rural life and what makes them delightful is the skilful composition by the young artist. The harmonious and bright colours present even the otherwise drab flat scene in charming arrangement, in realistic, semi-abstract or cubic styles.

The miniature mural described as “The Conference” depicts her social consciousness and covers an important theme of the village life. Similarly two portraits, one of a youthful cadet and the other of girl, show her grip over the brush and skill to reflect human characters and expressions.

“Dust Storm” “Mela”, “Sunset”, “Lub-e-Mehran” “Mud Houses”, “Masoom Shah to Munaro” and “In the Feilds” are the canvasses in which Musarrat has been overwhelmed by her present environments of Sukkur, a flat desert-type country. But her presentations are colourful.

But, “The Guide” and “Fussy” were selected by Mr. Hal Bevan Petman for particular mention in his inaugural speech. He described them as “interesting and charming works.”

Mr. Petman, essentially a portrait painter living in Pakistan since long, also said that like an artist Musarrat was struggling to find the best method of expressing herself. He commended her “delightfully feminine way of suggesting the agitated flutter of birds.”

The Executive Director of the Council, Agha Babar, earlier introduced the chief guest by describing him as the “painter of soldiers”.  The exhibition will last a week and will be open between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.