Karachi's Cultural Centre
Built in a Mughal revival style with a combination of locally available yellow Gizri stone and the striking pink Jodhpur stone, the architect commissioned for the palace, Ahmed Hussein Agha, one of the first Muslim architects of India, sought to recreate here the Anglo Mughal palaces of the Rajput princes.
Its distinct style of construction is a combination of domes, spandrels, balustrades, louvered shutters and railings. The Mohatta Palace would prove to be the coup de maitre of Agha’s professional career.
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto supported the setting up of a museum of the arts of Pakistan in the palace and it was formally purchased for the Mohatta Palace Museum Trust in 1995.
Out of use for over a decade, the building was in need of major restoration work, which involved cleaning, repairs and internal and external renovations.
The first two phases of the restoration program were successfully completed in August 1999 and the Museum opened its doors to the public on 15th September 1999.
Sadequain was a charismatic public figure, the most written about painter in the Pakistani press. Prodigiously prolific, he had amazing creative energy; he produced thousands of paintings and calligraphies, as well as large murals in public buildings.
Sadequain, Allegory: The Last Revelation (Part 1), 1968, Oil on Canvas