President Arts Council
Muhammad Ahmed Shah
Mohammad Ahmed Shah is the first elected President of Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. He continues to serve this position in this historical institution for the past 12 years, which was once, a host to great maestros like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sadequain, Roshan Ara Begum, to name a few. He has cultivated a sharp acumen for managing Arts, Culture, literature and fine arts, and continues to enhance the credibility of the Arts Council as a reputable non-profit and non-governmental organization.
Born, bred and educated in Karachi, Mr. Shah had a keen interest in Arts, Culture and literature, and right from a young age he started participating in the myriad extra-curricular activities. By the time he reached his graduation, he was a well-known figure in all fields ranging from Arts, Culture, Fine Arts and Literature across the country and began to receive international recognition.
PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY WITH ARTS COUNCIL
In his 13th year of a massively successful revival and introduction of activities that promote cultural exchange and peace including theater festivals, music festivals, youth festivals, dance festivals, literary festivals among others and events surrounding socio-political issues.
Mr. Shah maintains an excellent rapport with all his contemporaries, which includes trade unions, cultural organizations, human rights activists, law associations, journalists and their respective Unions including Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), all national and international print and electronic media houses, as well as CEOs, CFOs and CTOs and the owners of affluent corporations, as well as members of Pakistan’s thriving business community.
He has gone on to produce several renowned TV Plays, drama serials and music festivals for the denizens of this city, who have always craved a whiff of fresh air in performing arts and fine arts.
The activities of the Arts Council are not limited to the abovementioned events. In case of natural calamities (floods, earthquakes or cyclones) or pandemics such as COVID19, Mr. Shah has mobilized every resource and financial aid possible to help the victims, which included visiting the affected areas with medical teams, fund raising for COVID afflicted families, and distributing food and other essentials to the underprivileged council members.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM
On March 23, 2019 President Arif Alvi conferred civil and military awards on 172 people, including 18 foreigners, for their notable contributions in various fields.
Mr. Mohammad Ahmad Shah President Arts Council received the most coveted Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his tremendous contribution towards Arts, Culture, Peace and Harmony in Karachi, by Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail.
A ceremony was held at the Governor House on the occasion of Pakistan Day on Saturday to bestow coveted civil awards of the country to 15 distinguished people belonging to different walks of life in the province.
Mr. Shah’s commendable efforts have taken the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi into an international stature where it is now recognized as a premiere institution of Pakistan and is a central and primary hub of Arts, Culture and Literature in Karachi and the entire state of Sindh as well. It is primarily because of him that Arts Council has successfully harboured international collaborations with countries like China, Germany, USA, Portugal and Japan and continues to foster ties with several other allied countries.
He has established training and educational academies for Music, Dance, Theater as well as an Arts School at the Council premises, that gives free education to more than 1,000 underprivileged students on an annual basis.
In 2014, he formed hundreds of societies in various city schools, colleges and universities of the Karachi through what is now known as the mentorship program, which is primarily a part of the Karachi Youth Festival that gives free education to more than 1,50,000 underprivileged students.
It is because of his efforts that Arts Council is under development and boasts state of the art infrastructure. A new block is under final stages of completion. The block will house libraries, audio and film and video studios, art galleries and auditoriums.
Through his tireless and endless efforts, Mr. Shah has managed to show a soft and brighter image of Pakistan across the globe. We wish him all the success in his journey with Arts Council ahead.