DP Exclusive — Rabi Pirzada finds a buyer for Maryam Nawaz portrait, finally!

12:59 AM | 29 Mar, 2023
DP Exclusive — Rabi Pirzada finds a buyer for Maryam Nawaz portrait, finally!
Source: Rabi Pirzada (Instagram)

Popular Pakistani calligraphy artist and former pop star Rabi Pirzada has finally sold her portrait of a Pakistani politician. While she enjoyed an illustrious music career, Pirzada eventually bid farewell to the entertainment industry in 2019 and became a full-time painter later on.

The 43-year-old self-taught artist recently painted a portrait of Maryam Nawaz that she hoped would sell for a hefty amount. She wanted to help orphans and deserving kids with the money earned from this portrait. However, she wasn't able to find a buyer until a prominent figure jumped in to save the day.

Pirzada had earlier complained that people wouldn't buy Maryam's portrait from her but whenever she would paint Imran Khan, the painting would be sold out immediately — for reasons obvious to many.   

Thanks to YouTuber Yasir Shami, the Noor Bibi star was able to find a buyer who purchased the painting for PKR 150,000. The former pop singer thanked the host and also the buyer, Irfan, and distributed the income among the children. Irfan assured and promised Pirzada of being supportive if she ever needed financial assistance for her foundation.

Watching Pirzadad's philanthropy and kindness, Shami too distributed his commission and felt elated to do so. 

In a previous interview with Shami, the Dahdi Kuree crooner had priced her Maryam Nawaz portrait at PKR 200,000 which she agreed to sell for PKR150,000 later.

Pirzada has been painting since she was eight years old. Although she is self-taught, she learned art specifics from her friend, painter J. Arif. 

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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