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Full NameSyed Sadeqain Ahmed Naqvi
Date of Birth30 June 1930
Place of BirthAmroha, British India (present-day Uttar Pradesh, India)
Date of Death10 February 1987
Place of DeathKarachi, Pakistan
Known ForCalligraphy, Painting, Murals, Poetry
AwardsNishan-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance
Notable WorksAround 15,000 paintings
Art MovementHurufiyya movement
Notable InfluenceTransformed calligraphy into a mainstream art form, influencing subsequent generations of Pakistani artists
Early LifeBorn into a family of calligraphers, migrated to Pakistan during the 1947 partition
Artistic TrainingJoined the Progressive Writers’ and Artists Movement, spent time in Paris honing skills
Poetry StyleWrote rubāʿiyāt in the style of Omar Khayyam and Sarmad Kashani
Medium of WorkPrimarily known for his iconic Urdu calligraphy style
ContributionsPioneer in bringing calligraphy into mainstream art, part of the broader Hurufiyya movement

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