Friday, May 9, 2008

Mohammad Abdul-Mottaleb

Birth name
Mohammad Abdul-Mottaleb Al-Ahmar
Date of birth
August 13, 1910, al-Bohayrah, Egypt
Abdul-Muttaleb's songs still live with us because of their authenticity and also because of his beautiful voice which reminds us of the warmth of Egypt's popular districts.
He learned music at the hands of renowned composer Dawood Hosni, who was his mentor. In his early beginnings he was influenced by vocalist Abdul-Lattif al-Bannah, and by composers Sayed Darwish, Dawood Hosni, Abul-'Ila Mohammad, Ibrahim al-Qabbani, Saleh Abdul-Hay and Mohammad Abdul-Wahab.
He worked with composers Fareed Al-Atrash, Ahmad Sharaf, Ezzat al-Gahli and Mahmoud al-Sharif.
He received the Order of the Republic from President Gamal Abdul-Nasser in 1964

Fouad al Mohandes 1924 2006

The third of four siblings, Fouad al-Mohandes was born to a father who was a linguist, a professor at Dar al-Ollum, (the Arabic Language College) and a member of the Arabic Language Academy. As a child, al-Mohandes was influenced most by his father, from whom he inherited his wit and humor.
Al-Mohandes studied at the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University where he joined the drama group. His life was turned upside down, however, after he watched the great Naguib al-Rihani performing on stage. Later, he became one of the man's followers. This caused him to graduate in six years rather than in four when he should have.
In 1953, after al-Rihani's death, opportunity came knocking at his door. The program saa le-albak (An Hour for the Heart) was launched grouping many of Egypt's comedians of the time, including al-Mohandes.
Having lived close to the Zul-Foqqars, the two brothers Mahmoud and Ezz signed up him for several supporting roles in movies they directed including the Neighbor's daughter, the Good Land and the River of Love, among others
In the early 1960s, Egyptian television began its broadcast. It was then that he became famous in his role in the program waraa al-setar (Behind the Curtains) facing actress Sanaa Gamil. Al-Mohandes later joined television theaters. His major breakthrough was when he took the lead role in a new version of al-Rihani's play al-Secretair al fanni (The Technical Secretary) starring another entrant to the world of entertainment and show business Showikar Toub Saqqal, who later became his wife.
In all his plays and movies, al-Mohandes' motto was "entertainment for the sake of entertainment". His version of "My Fair Lady" earned him a great deal of acclaim. His play ana wa howa wa heya (He, She and I) prophesied the now-pressing housing problem.
He, She and I marked the end of an era in which most performances showed pre-Revolution persecution of farmers and workers and the beginning of another where situation and social comedies were the order of the day in government-run theaters.
In the 1950s, as the nation faced numerous economic and political challenges, private sector theaters were interested only in providing entertainment to the public. This is where al-Mohandes excelled the most.
At the time, movie-makers found al-Mohandes to be their golden-egg-hatching hen. He presented a number of successful movies; e.g. His Excellency the Ambassador, Love in August, a Husband's Confessions, among others. Those were entertaining films.
Al-Mohandes also presented a number of critically acclaimed plays such as ard al-nefaq (Land of Hypocrisy) directed by Fatin Abdul-Wahab (1968) and kan wa kan wa kan (Once upon a Time) directed by Abbas Kamel (1977). In both those two movies, he reached the peak of maturity.
Al-Mohandes died at age 82

Ahmad Hassan al Baquri

Date of birth

May 26, 1909, Assuit, Egypt
Mini-biography 1932: Alameya Degree, Al-Azhar University 1935: Specialized in literature and literary embellishments
History of employment

1936: Instructor, Arabic language and literary embellishments, Cairo Religious Institute 1947: Deputy-dean, Assuit Religious Institute 1952: Minister of Waqf (Islamic Endowments) (until 1959) 1964: President, al-Azhar University
Professional membership

Member, Academy of Arabic Language Member, Academy of Islamic Research Member, Supreme Council of al-Azhar Member, Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs Member, League of Islamic and Arab Peoples Head, Society and Institute of Islamic Studies Member, National Council of Education, Scientific Research and Technology Member, Committee on Education, National Democratic Party Member, Committee on coordination between universities and the Academy of Scientific Research Advisor, UNESCO, Regional Branch, Cairo
Wrote numerous books on psychology and Islamic philosophy

State Merit Award in Social Sciences (1985)

Adel Abdul-Rahman

Born in Cairo in 1958, Adel Abdul-Rahman graduated from the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University in 1982. He got a first degree in art education and was appointed demonstrator in the Department of Designing immediately after graduation. In 1987, he got an MA for the thesis entitled "Developing child imagination." In 1994, he got a Ph.D. for a doctoral thesis on "The impact of ancient Egyptian art on modern European arts."
As of 1991 till 1997, Abdul-Rahman carried out studies in the fields of photography, colour theories, graphics, carving and theatrical decor in the Munich-based Arts Academy. His several exquisite art exhibitions enriched the modern Egyptian artistic movement. Abdul-Rahman also wrote a number of artistic articles to Egyptian, Arabic and German newspaper as well.
Abdul-Rahman designed the posters of the Amnesty International in 1992, the 1994 Cairo International Film Festival and the poster marking the inauguration of Uffing Museum in Germany in 1997. He drew the maps of some German cities in 1995 and 1997 and was assigned the task of photographing some of the German museums’ finest pieces. He was also awarded first prize for the best internal design of Freizing tunnel in Germany in 1996.
1984 Foreign Diplomats Exhibition.
1991/92/93/96/97 Sparkasse Murnau Gallery.
1993/97 the Munich-based Fine Arts Academy.
1993/96/97 Uffing Museum.
1995 The Syndicate of Plastic Artists.
1997 Moevenpick Hotel Gallery.
1997 Light and Colour Exhibition