Anna Molka Ahmed

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Anna Molka Ahmed
Born 1917[1]
Died 1995
Residence Lahore, Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistan, British
Fields Painting and Fine Arts
Institutions University of the Punjab
Alma mater Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Anna Molka Ahmed (1917[1]–1995) was a Pakistani artist and pioneer of fine arts [2] in the country after its independence in 1947. She was a professor of fine arts at the University of the Punjab in Lahore.


She was born to Jewish parents, in London, England. Her mother was Polish and father was a Russian. She studied painting, sculpture and design at St. Martin School of Arts, London.[3]

Art career[edit]

In 1940, Professor Emeritus Anna Molka Ahmed set up the Department of Fine Arts, now the College of Arts and Design at the University of the Punjab,[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1963),[5] the highest civil award for her services in the field of fine arts education in the country.
  • Awarded President's Award for the Pride of Performance in 1969.[5]
  • Khudeja Tul Kubra Medal

Postage stamp[edit]

On 14 August 2006, Pakistan Post issued a Rs. 40 sheetlet of stamps to posthumously honour 10 Pakistani painters. Besides Anna Molka Ahmed, the other nine painters were: Laila Shahzada, Askari Mian Irani, Sadequain, Ali Imam, Shakir Ali, Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Zubeida Agha, Ahmed Pervez and Bashir Mirza.


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