Height of Passion – The ceiling of Lahore Museum

The Lahore Museum.jpg

Lahore Museum?s glorious edifice stands on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, previously known as The Mall Road, opposite to 100-year old Allama Iqbal Campus of South Asia?s famous Punjab University. Blended with the elements of old tradition of Mughal architecture, the Museum is conspicuous among all the structures build during the British period on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam. It is in fact Pakistan?s largest museum and holds the country?s richest cultural and historical materials.


The ceiling of Lahore Museum was painted by one of the most gifted artist of Pakistan, Sadequain. It’s based on poet Iqbal?s verses evoking the spirit of man to triumph over odds. Sadequain painted the ceiling in 1973, living and working in the building for six months.

Sadly, while working on his second ceiling at the Freer Hall in Karachi, the painter took ill and died leaving the work incomplete.

4 Comments so far

  1. Leftistoe (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 8:56 am

    yes it does hold the countrys richest and historical materials but very few of them im afraid, and that too in dire need of a cleanup and heightened security. If you look carefully you might find one of those Salman loves Tina scrawls on one of the Buddha sculptures ;-)

  2. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 4:36 pm

    I agree…I really dont understand if Salman loves Tina… why he has to express it on Budha’s sculpture .. i mean why!! :)

    on a serious note though, Museums should also have some kinda trained guides/experts whom one can ask detailed question about things.. all they have right now is a few lines of description written with each item..which is not really enough in my view

  3. Hajrah (unregistered) on July 10th, 2005 @ 1:01 am

    It’s truly the height of passion.

    Whenever I look at the ceiling of the lahore museum and am reminded of Sadeqain’s utter brilliance, I don’t know why I’m also reminded of Sistine Chapel ki ceiling jo Michealangelo ne banaee thi. I think it would not be completely stupid to equate the two as being driven by the same height of passion.

  4. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 10th, 2005 @ 2:10 am

    I always tell my friends .. if only Sadequain were born someplace in Europe or America, his work would have got the “recognition wordlwide” as one of the greatest.

    The two ceilings are very much different in many many ways but yes I totally agree that passion is one common driving factor in creation of both the masterpieces.

    ps: sorry about the delay in publishing your comment. It was lying in the spam due to a word s’tupid you used i guess .. you may use “ahmaq” next time :o)

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