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Sadequain Honored by Google on  his 87th Birthday.

Sadequain was deeply interested in the issues that have challenged the human mind – the questions about the mysteries of the universe, meaning of life on our planet and beyond, role of human beings in the universe, freedom and self determination, survival and progress and the fine line between reason and emotion.

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Greedy Ladies and Crows

He respected work and considered it worship and a divinely ordained duty. His early works addressed the social evils. Basically he was a social commentator.

Sadequain’s exhibition at the Arts Council, Karachi in August 1965 encapsulated his horror. The paintings showed scarecrows, cobwebs, crows, covetous ladies and headless men. Sadequain was at his most grotesque and, arguably, most proletarian. He saw cobwebs all over society; saw them around young men and modern ladies, around lovers and paramours, constraining thinkers and intellectuals, in the mouths of men and women who dare not speak. The pervasiveness of cobwebs reached such nightmarish proportions that people — intelligent and cultured people — began decorating their homes with them.

Sadequain died in 1987

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