Google Doodle Pays Tribute To The Art Pioneer Anna Molka Ahmed

Anna Molka Ahmed was the first Art teacher in Pakistan to paint outdoors

Google Doodle Pays Tribute To The Art Pioneer Anna Molka Ahmed
Google Doodle Pays Tribute To The Art Pioneer Anna Molka Ahmed

Anna Molka Ahmed who is well-known for her contributions in the field of art has been honored by Google on her 80th anniversary.

Anna Molka was the first art teacher in the country who took her students to paint outdoors. Her work represents the essence of sunshine with impasto impressions. 

At an early age, the artist decided to make her life in art. She got a scholarship at St. Martin’s School of Art, London following the scholarship at Royal College of Art.

In one of the art events, where Anna met Sheikh Ahmed and two years later married him and left London for Lahore.

Marking this day in 1940, Anna established the Fine Arts Department, now known as the University College of Arts and Design (University of Punjab) and brought the concept of taking art outside the walls.

Contributing in the field of art and culture, Molka was successful in arranging art exhibitions all over the country. Her students also took an active part in exhibiting their university art programs.

Anna’s painting depicted European influences with inspiration from her adopted home country.

Although, when she was confined to bed and was unable to paint, she started writing poetry. One remembers a poem that became the title of a book written on the artist, published by Ferozsons and the National College of Arts.; titled: `The Sun Blazes the Colours through my Window.’ In 1992, Anna Molka published a book of poetry containing 52 poems that was successfully launched at the Arts Council, Karachi.

She passed away on April 20th 2013 in Lahore. Her awards include President’s Medal for Pride of Performance, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, and the Khadeja Tul Khubra Medal.