Sarfaraz Ahmad as KALAKAR

Sarfaraz Ahmad as KALAKAR

  • Tell us about yourself and your work for our readers who might be unaware.

I am Sarfaraz Ahmad, a junior year student at The Lahore School of Economics. About the work… well I always wished and dreamt of going to NCA, because I always thought I had that spark that specific thing that one needs to have to get in but I never imagined the role of society in letting many dreams down. Anyways, one day just thinking and regretting about what I am doing to myself I came up with an idea of using whatever I have in me in some positive way rather than wasting it or letting it die eventually. As a result I came up with “KALAKAR by Sarfaraz Ahmad” thing. Started with sketches and cards then. And now I have paintings, DIYs, interior and exterior decorations, calligraphies and every stuff related to arts and crafts.

  • How did you end up with ‘Kalakar’ as the name of your work?

I always had a very strange following for Indian culture and festivities. KALAKAR is an Indian or Hindi term for an artist. Kalakar has now become my alter-ego, my second half!

  • We’ve heard that you studied Pre-Engineering at your college and are now enrolled into a Business Management degree at your university, but your work is fine arts. How do you justify the trichotomy?

I will call it “The Fault in our Education System”, one can only be an engineer or can only practice medicine or run a business. Arts and Artists have got no respect here. The one who fails doing other three opts for any arts’ field. Sigh! And in my case, society had no place for a guy going for an arts’ field, either I was called a “marasi” or a “malang”. My family like other society couldn’t afford a “marassi” or a “malang” so they somehow convinced me to go for a business management degree. Even then I didn’t lose hope and my confidence and came up with this.

  • In doing anything totally different the first step is the hardest, do you recall yours?

Pretty tough days. I still remember that time when I used to paint and craft hiding from everyone as no one supported me then. And used to give away everything as I could never keep everything to myself, family always made a big deal out of it. But eventually now at this stage they have kind of started liking my work and supporting me.


  • How much work and to what scale have you already done in this past one year?

I started from sketching, and with the passage of time I started with interior and exterior décor and calligraphic art, occasional cards, crafts and DIYs. Work load depends there has been a time when I couldn’t sleep for continuous 12 hours completing my orders. And there had been times when I was all free to roam and sleep and watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S all day long.

  • Are people around you supportive? How does your family react to your spending a lot of time on this?
    People have been so nice to me. So far all my clients know that I am a student so I have my study load as well. They have all been pretty co-operative. MashaAllah. To gain something one has to lose one thing, so was the case with me. In order to stay good in academia and in order to get myself a little name through Kalakar, I lost my health and sleep. I didn’t compromise on either of these two things; studies or Kalakar.
  • Do tell us the motivation behind all the effort you are putting in your work?

I always wanted to counter that “marassi” and “malang” comment. But before I could do that I had to make myself worth it. This made me more strong and motivated and encouraged me to bring out that Kalakar inside me.  I swear the people who used to curse me back in days are the people now following me. This made me more strong and confident and motivated.

  • What do you eventually want to achieve from all this hard work?

I really feel sad reading about such great artists who worked so hard all their life and achieved nothing because this society never accepted them. What I aim to do is change this perspective. I might be just another random guy saying this but I promise to try everything I can to get what I want.

  • Tell us about the toughest time you went through?

Toughest time, hmmmm was to tell my parents about Kalakar and convince them for it. But guess what, the moment I told them about this my mom was like, “Beta, we already know it.” Thanks to my neighbour and this facebook. Huh! But the good thing is I have their support now.

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What was your biggest moment of pride?

Kalakar has given me so many happy and proud moments. The best one was when I took my family to dinner from whatever I saved from kalakar and secondly when people address me as Kalakar and not as Sarfaraz. That is the moment I feel that I have finally earned something.


  • What is the feedback that people you have worked with give you?

In this one year, I have met almost every type
of client. The rude ones, and the supportive ones. But the feedback I have always got at the end is something that teaches me some new thing, every order has taught me something, I always learnt something new from every client. My client has always been my priority.


  • Do tell us how can people contact you if they want to work with you?

People can contact me on my

1). Facebook page (www.facebook.com/KALAKARbySarfarazAhmad)

2). Catch me via hashtag (#kalakarbysarfaraz) or on instagram (Kalakar by Sarfaraz Ahmad).

3). Email me at (K_alakar@hotmail.com)

4). Contact me (+923003261264)

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  1. September 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm — Reply

    You are an example and inspiration to all those in Pakistan who want to pursue fields other than engineering and medicine. Best of luck for the future!

    • Sarfaraz Ahmad
      September 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much sir. Keep supporting! 🙂

  2. Wasif Arshad
    September 14, 2015 at 8:06 am — Reply

    Happy to see your interview. Congrats

    • Sarfaraz Ahmad
      September 14, 2015 at 11:44 am — Reply

      Thank you so much 🙂

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