By Muslim Mirror News,
ALIGARH : An exhibition of rare photographs on the life of Rashid Jahan, eminent writer and dramatist and daughter of legendary papa Mian Sheikh Abdullah, was inaugurated at the Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery of Aligarh Muslim University by the Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah.
The exhibition has been organized jointly by the Sir Syed Academy, Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery of AMU and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. This exhibition, which is a moving exhibition in nature, was curated by Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil for IGNCA. It would move to Dehradun from AMU after ten-days.
The Vice Chancellor appreciated the combined efforts of Prof. Tariq Ahmad, Director, Sir Syed Academy, Dr. Badar Jahan, Coordinator, Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery and IGNCA.
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brigadier (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali was also present on the occasion and lauded the organizers’ efforts.
Ms. Sarah Niazi, a representative of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, expressed happiness on the organization of the exhibition in prestigious Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery and showed willingness for future collaborative programmes.
On this occasion, AMU Registrar, Group Captain (Retd.) Shahrukh Shamshad, Proctor, Prof. Jamshed Siddiqui, Prof. Tariq Ahmad, Dr. Badar Jahan and a large number of faculty members and students were present.
A talk on Rashid Jahan by Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil was also organized at the Arts Faculty lounge which was presided over by the Vice Chancellor, Gen. Shah. Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. Ali graced the programme as guest of honour.
Delivering the talk, Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil highlighted the salient aspects of literary achievements of Rashid Jahan and underlined the need for revisiting her works in the light of changing social perspectives.
In his presidential address, the Vice Chancellor made special references to the path breaking ideas of Rashid Jahan and said that she was ahead of her time. He emphasized that the AMU is highly responsive towards women’s freedom and safeguarding of their rights.
Earlier, Prof. Tariq Ahmed welcomed the guests and introduced the speaker, Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil.
Dr. Syed Hussain Haider of Sir Syed Academy conducted the programme.