Other than the fortnightly Halqa-e Dānish and Bazm-e Adab assemblies, the Gurmani Centre also holds book-talk sessions on the most recent publications related to language, literature, and culture. These events offer the LUMS community a unique and active learning environment where the author and readers have a face-to-face exchange of ideas and get an opportunity to learn from each other.
The Centre’s second book-talk this semester is Studies in Majesty: Paintings by August Schoefft and Related Portraits by Fakir Syed Aijazuddin (Friday, March 11, 2022). While the author studied and practiced accounting and finance as his career path, and his service record features several senior management positions and an association with LUMS teaching related subjects, his vocation has always been rooted in the history of nineteenth-century Punjab’s visual and material culture. As a descendant of Fakir Nuruddin and Fakir Azizuddin who served at key positions at the Sikh court in Lahore, his interest and dedication to research and publishing on this chapter of history is only natural.
Aijazuddin’s latest book discusses the recently restored 19th century paintings in the ‘Princess Bamba Collection’ of the Lahore Fort’s Sikh Gallery by a Hungarian artist August Schoefft. Princess Bamba Sutherland (1869–1957) was Duleep Singh’s daughter and Punjab’s Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s granddaughter, who relocated to Lahore from London in early 1900s and died here in 1957.
The talk will be streamed online as well. Join the webinar by clicking on this link: https://lums-edu-pk.zoom.us/j/92156963287