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Farrah, Abd'Elkader [Abdel] (1926–2005), theatre designer, was born in Ksar al-Boukhari, Algeria, on 28 March 1926, the son of Brahim Farrah and his wife, Fatima-Zohra Missoumi. His first ambition was to be a painter, but with fundamentalist strictures against figurative painting he found the theatre a three-dimensional alternative and ran a touring company with his brother until it was censored and closed by the authorities in 1950....

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Fyzee, Atiya [married name Atiya Fyzee-Rahamin; known as Atiya Begum, and Shahinda] (1877–1967), author, social reformer, and patron of the arts, was born in Constantinople on 1 August 1877 into the prominent Tyabji clan, which was at the forefront of Bombay's...

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Anwar Jalal Shemza (1928–1985) by unknown photographer, 1958 private collection Mary Shemza

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Shemza, Anwar Jalal (1928–1985), artist, was born on 14 July 1928 in Simla, India, the second of the four children of Khaja Mohammed Sadiq Butt (1896–1992), civil servant, and his wife, Iqbal Begum (c.1900–1965). His grandfather owned a family carpet-making and military embroidery business. The family home was at ...