Mumtaz Hussain is an artist, a filmmaker and a writer. We closely talked about painting, film making and writing. According to Mumtaz Hussain, being an artist is the most underrated profession, when in fact, these are the ones who draw the true and positive picture of the society and the country.
Let’s see how he started off and what are his future plans regarding film making.
1: Tell us about your journey up till now?
I belong to a very small town in Punjab, Jhang, which is culturally very rich like Vienna in Europe. My home town is the town of Heer. My initial education started from Jhang and led me to New York via Europe. I am a painter, film maker and a writer, and the journey continues. Made seven films, art shows in several museums and art galleries, three urdu books and one in English. One of my books is being used to teach MPhil classes. I will keep writing, keep painting and keep making films until my hands start trembling.
2: Where did you get your education from?
Initial education from Jhang then NCA Lahore. I studied few art courses from London. And, i also studied Graphic Design and Film Making from NY.
3: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
While I was studying film, I had so many ideas of film. The first step of film making is to write a script. I always asked writers to write my script, but no one could read my mind properly, I was frustrated. My film teacher advised me to write my own script. He gave me assignments to write short stories. I was very successful in my assignments. I had so many films in my mind, but making films is hard, Writing my thoughts in short stories (afsana) was like heaven to me and that was the beginning of my writing career.
4: What’s integral to the work of an artist and what role does the artist have in society?
An artist has a responsibility because he represents his country and his culture history and the image which he can present. I feel my job being an artist is as important as any other profession like doctor or lawyer, but no one takes us seriously, everyone thinks only one angle that’s aesthetic but artist’s power of communication is more impactful than any other profession. Creating country’s soft image, my one series of paintings are based on Indus Valley civilisation and it has been showed all over the world which’s creating a positive Image of Pakistan that we come from an old civilisation, and we don’t belong to tribal culture or barbarians. I present an art which’s pure from this land and has no foreign influence. Every other art comes from somewhere else wither Europe Middle East or Persia. My responsibility is to tell the truth that Pakistan’s cultural history never started from 1947 or Mohammad bin Qasim, but it starts way back from Mahargarah, Harappa and Mohanjadaro.
5: When inspiration is waning when you feel creatively sapped, what do you do? How do you stay fresh?
Inspiration and creativity are two different thing. Inspiration is a spark exactly like match stick. Creativity is like food how good or creative dish you bring on the table. Creativity comes from heaven. Two things come from heaven prophesy and creativity. It’s God gifted to be creative. This world is full of inspiration you can never run out of inspiration. Creativity starts giving you metaphors like emotion, love, hurt, betrayal, happiness, sadness. These emotions inspire us to pick brush, pen or camera. Every moment inspires me to create.
6: How much do you have to compromise as a filmmaker because of financial restrictions or business?
You really touched my nerve. It’s the most difficult job to convince financier to do something creative, but on the other side I want to make films people that will make people come out of homes and watch. Compromising, most of the time is killing the creative element.
7: What is the idea behind the ‘Frozen Frame’ which is being displayed this December?
Ans: In my mind always there’s film reel running. I freeze few frames .If I pick up brush, it’s painting .If I pick up pen, it’s a short story (afsana). If camera, then its a film
8: Any advice you would like to give to aspiring artists/writers?
Ans: This is a very important and sacred profession because this is the only profession which is connected to heart. Do anything with passion and love, and you will find God, you find God you will find yourself through your art.
Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability
An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.
The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.
According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease. If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.
The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.
Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day
This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.
Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.
These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.
After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.
Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!
5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq
Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.
Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:
- Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life
Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!
- Don’t wait, just take the first step
The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.
- Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely
The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”
- Respect the competition
Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.
- Change is important
Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.
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