About Us


Sheherzade Alam - Action Shot

Sheherezade Alam
Potter and Founder,
Inheriting Harappa Project


(Photo credit:  Paul Till Canada)

Sheherezade Alam is an internationally renowned potter. Although an alumnus of the National College of Arts, Lahore, her pottery training came through regular visits to the Shahdara Pottery Development Centre during her college years and thus her early works were inspired by the vernacular pottery forms that she came across at this Centre. Her later works derive inspiration from the different pottery traditions of places that she visited, such as Turkey, Iran, Greece, Italy, Japan, China, UK and Scandinavian countries.

Twice a year, since 2010, Sheherezade has offered a course in traditional art and pottery-making called Matti (Earth) to children (8-12 year olds) at her centre called Jahan-e Jahan ara. In a haven of historical trees with resident indigenous birds of Lahore, the children connect with their 5000-year old heritage of clay using the framework of the Five Elements. They learn to explore their creative and artistic potentials and assimilate the symbolic vocabulary of ancient images that adorn the walls of the adobe hut that also serves as a museum of Harappan motifs like that of the Tree of Life, the Peacock, the Fish, the Harappan Unicorn and the various Indus script pictograms.

Dr. Tehnyat Majeed

Dr. Tehnyat Majeed,
Director and Chief Curator,
Inheriting Harappa Project

Tehnyat Majeed is the Director and the Chief Curator of the Inheriting Harappa Project, co-sponsored by the Lahore Museum and UNESCO/IFPC. She currently holds an appointment as Museum Specialist at the Lahore Museum, and is Adjunct Faculty at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Immediately after obtaining her doctorate in Islamic Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford, she joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, USA where she was a post-doctoral fellow and Visiting Assistant Curator in Islamic Art from 2006 to 2009. In 2010, she joined Beaconhouse National University (BNU) and for four years taught post-graduate courses in Islamic Art and in Museum Studies in the School of Visual Arts and Design.

Education Curator

Zeb Bilal,
Education Curator,
Inheriting Harappa Project

Zeb Bilal is the Education Curator for the Inheriting Harappa Project. She has been involved in developing a dynamic educational program that links to the special exhibition and that caters specifically to school children.

Zeb has a Masters degree in Art and Design Studies from BNU. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design at the Beaconhouse National University and at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. Currently, she is also engaged as a consultant at the Lahore Museum, working in the capacity of a Curatorial Teaching Assistant. She teaches both studio and an interdisciplinary research seminar with a particular focus on the history of South Asian textiles. In this context she has been researching at the Lahore Museum, and has been working to create linkages between academia and the museum.

ozma bhatti (small)

Ozma Bhatti,
Curatorial Assistant,
Inheriting Harappa Project

Ozma is the Curatorial Assistant for the Inheriting Harappa Project. She has a Degree in Fine Arts from NCA and has interned at the Lahore Museum for two years.

Rafia Safiq croppedRafia Shafiq,
Programme Coordinator,
Inheriting Harappa, Project

Rafia Shafiq is the Curatorial Coordinator of Inheriting Harappa Project. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Design from Beaconhouse National University (BNU). She has worked with Lahore Museum collections regarding her thesis research on Phulkari and has experience in working with the artisans of Haripur Hazara.


Mazhar Naveed,
Internship Coordinator,
Inheriting Harappa Project

Jawad Nawaz Khan,
Architect & Exhibition Installation and Lighting Designer

Sabeeh Yunus,
Website Designer, Inheriting Harappa Project

Sabeeh Yunus is the developer and designer for the Inheriting Harrapa website. He is a passionate entrepreneur and programmer and has been actively developing websites for the past two years.

Sabeeh is a graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) with a degree in Economics and Politics. He is also the founder and CEO of Studentpark.pk, a web platform that aims to connect private tutors and students.


Shariq Khan,
Descriptive Text Writer & Programme Coordinator, Inheriting Harappa Project

Shariq Khan graduated from Kenyon College, Ohio with a major in South Asian History and Languages. Most of the descriptive labels in the Rediscovering Harappa special exhibition have been written by him. He also joined the Inheriting Harrapa team as Programme Coordinator towards the closing of the project. Shariq has translated the special exhibition brochure, as well as The Animals educational activity book from English into Urdu. 


Director's PhotoSumaira Samad,

Aliza S. Rizvi,
Research Officer In-charge, Indus Gallery

Muhammad Afzaal,
Exhibition Installation Supervisor

Afzaal cropped


Bahar-e Mustafa,

Calligrapher and Digital & Graphic Design Composer

Muzammil Lahore MuseumMuzammil,
Translator (English Texts into Urdu)


Suheyl Umar (small)Dr. Muhammad Suheyl Umar,
Translator (English Texts into Urdu)

Samid headshotSamid Ali,
Photographer & Videographer

Ustad Muhammad Hanif,
Music Videographer


Aamir Saeed, (Graphics & Book Production, Vinyl Lettering)
Contact Tel: +92 (0) 300.944.7554

Hamail Galleries, (Framers and Mount-makers)
67-C/1, Gulberg III, Lahore, Contact Tel:+92 (042) 35771204-7

RN Digital Print, (Printers)
Contact Tel: +92 (0)320.044.0331