KARACHI - The world knows Sadequain as a painter, muralist and calligrapher for more than four decades. He painted portraits, murals, ceilings, abstract works and calligraphies and made hundreds of pen-and-ink sketches. Addressing at the launching ceremony of Rubiyat-e-Sadequain Kuliyat here on Saturday, the speakers included Dr Manzoor Ahmed, Dr Jaffar Ahmed and other said that the world knows and appreciate Sadequains versatility. Sadequain was also a poet. The evening was organised by the Sadequain Publications at Art Council Karachi in which Sadequains noted drawing exhibition also held and a large number of people belonging to different walks of life appreciated. His family background almost dictated that he follow his poetic heritage and so he become equally adapted in the form of Urdu poetry known as the Rubaiye, which happens to be the most difficult form of Urdu poetry, they said. In addition, along with the book launching there was also an exhibition of 70 original drawings, paintings and sketches by Sadequain which illustrate the quatrains. These works recognising the desire of owning an art piece by Sadequain, and these sketches were printed on jute cloth. Jute is not merely a practical medium but also a symbolic. Sadequains first book on Urdu Rubaiye had a jacket made of jute cloth. To symbolise his asceticism and rejection of all materialism, Sadequains own bedroom, in his home at Sibtain Manzil, was adorned by jute hangings and floor covers. Anwar Maqssod, noted TV artist and writer, while talking with TheNation said that this book and this event in a small way of paying homage to Sadequains Dada memory by his family and those who reverse his name. He said it was never an easy task compiling these quatrains and sketches which illustrate them. The purpose define simply to publish work on Sadequain which emphasise on different aspects which were yet not exposed by the media. Sibtain Naqvi, an organiser of the event, told that to accomplish this task Sadequain publication engaged in researching, compiling, cataloguing and publication works. This book is the first of several and we intend to bring out publications on a regular basis, he added. He said this book contains all of Sadequains renowned Rubaiyat and numbers more than of 2,500 verses. The material has been painstakingly been collected and compiled from Sadequains diaries, sketches and various published and non-published resources. Naqvi further informed that the Rubaiyat have been catalogued, arranged in order and then printed, wherever possible, in the artists own handwriting or Khatati. In addition to the poetry, the 600-page book has 200 illustrations by Sadequain himself, which delineate the verses.