Karachi: Within a week’s time, Pakistan loses another national gem from Arts and Entertainment Industry. The unexpected back-to-back demise of Saqib Siddiqui, the famous Music Director and Madiha Aijaz, a professional photographer have left many taken aback, grieving the insurmountable loss.
Saqib Siddiqi was a renowned Music Video Director and had directed over 300 songs ranging over film songs to pop music videos of the Pakistani Music Industry.
In Dec 2018, he flew to India for a liver transplant, had been under regular liver treatment for the last 4 years. The film-maker was admitted in Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, India. After having done a successful liver transplant, unknown kidney complications arose for which he had to extend his stay in India.
Few days earlier, he appealed for funds from the government of Pakistan and was seeking medical rescue from Pakistan. Unfortunately, no possible help was provided in the due time.
Another big loss comes on February 2nd as a heart wrenching news of Madiha Aijaz, who passed away in a local hospital in Karachi after a serious cardiac arrest. Madiha was a brilliant photographer and art director, received numerous global awards for her work and had her work published by Herald Magazine, Dan, India Today, Roads and Kingdoms and The Wall Street Journal.
She was serving as an assistant professor at Karachi’s Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture. She had an MFA in photography and Related Media from Parsons with a Fulbright Scholarship.
She had great interest in covering historic architecture, devotional towns, temples, old railroads and public libraries.
Currently, she was working with the filmmaker Maheen Zia on a documentary featuring travelling fairs and performers in Pakistan.
We’re still under the disbelief about Madiha’s untimely demise. We met her at a conference @disrupt021 after her panel discussion and was in high spirits. She shared about her experience at the Liverpool Biennale 2018, says the in-house team of Newsinstore.pk
All we can say – Life is unpredictable!