Askari Mian Irani

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Askari Mian Irani (1940 – 2004) was a Pakistani painter.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

In 1967, Askari Mian Irani received a diploma in Commercial Design from the Mayo School of Arts now called National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore.[2][1]


He worked in the business of advertising until 1976, but later became disillusioned with the nature of his job. So he decided to come back to his first love and passion - painting.[3] Askari Mian Irani was part of the faculty of the National College of Arts (NCA) from 1976 to 1999.[2][3]

Painting exhibits[edit]

He exhibited in over 20 solo and group shows.[2]

Stamp design[edit]

Irani designed two stamps (40 paisas and 85 paisas) of the Third Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) (1981) issue.[2]

Commemorative postage stamp[edit]

On 14 August 2006, Pakistan Post issued a Rs. 40 sheetlet of stamps to posthumously honour 10 Pakistani painters. Besides Askari Mian Irani,[4] the other nine painters were: Laila Shahzada, Zubeida Agha, Sadequain, Ali Imam, Shakir Ali, Anna Molka Ahmed, Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Ahmed Pervez and Bashir Mirza.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Works of 10 iconic painters being displayed". Dawn (newspaper). 12 September 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d NCA and Stamp Design, Exhibition Souvenir, Lahore 2000 p. 16
  3. ^ a b c "Profile of Askari Mian Irani (1940 - 2004)". 21 January 2008. Archived from the original on 21 January 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b Pakistan Post honours deceased artists The News International (newspaper), Published 10 August 2006, Retrieved 27 July 2020
  5. ^ Askari Mian Irani's award info on Dawn (newspaper) Published 24 March 2002, Retrieved 7 May 2020

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