The smile that lit up a room and the eyes that sparkled along with it is no more, but the memories that were so precious, live on in the lives he touched in every corner of the world…

The words, gestures, care and love  of this beautiful soul who left such a huge void upon his passing merely five days before the festival of Ramazan is yet a shock to all who knew him and the phrase  uttered in a bygone era that the ’good die young’ ring true…

MB Imran or Imzy, literally danced into the lives of all and sundry with his rhythmic movements and passion for Bollywood music, dancing and choreography. ‘Imzy’s Loft’ brimmed with his ‘students’ from all walks of life who came either by choice or his cajoling and returned yearning for something they knew that was far greater than dancing which Imran gave them during his classes. He inspired a zest for life and living it to the fullest.  His enthusiasm was almost tangible and you were left with the feeling that anything was possible! He simply did not envision the impossible but the pragmatic young man actually achieved it and set the pace for others to follow.  I recall our first rendezvous; it was at his exhibition at the Barefoot Gallery, in which he had displayed soul rendering pictures of his sojourns to various parts of the globe. His images drew people as did he, himself and we ended up chatting for about two hours about life in general…. I had found a kindred spirit who seemed to feel every rain drop so to speak as he was ultra-sensitive and compassionate. A multi-faceted prodigy, who excelled in all he did from photography, poetry, writing, dancing, choreographing, drawing, swimming, leadership, drama and more… So much more.  He broke the proverbial glass ceiling many times over and proved to all that he was the epitome of ‘joie de vivre’!

I remember with clarity the image of a pair of hands holding an old tin…. “ it was the hands of a beggar in the streets of a city he had visited and Imzy being who he was had requested permission from him to capture the image and inquired his whereabouts in order to give him the money once the image was sold.” Despite being a young guy preoccupied with a ton of hobbies which he transformed to personal projects in order to uplift his fellow human beings, Imzy never forgot the forlorn, the marginalized or the poor as he stepped out of his path to ensure that street children were given a square meal and had the privilege of gaining a sound education at many of the goodwill and humanitarian ventures which he supported through his foundation.  His earnings were always for the benefit of the down-trodden and his mission was to uplift the souls of those who were yearning to break free from the invisible bonds of negativity and despair; be it a friend or a mere acquaintance whom he had met a minute ago.

He was generous with his compliments and always managed to woo a person from his/ her shell, so much so that each person who was privileged to meet him ended up with a sense that each breath is indeed a celebration of life and nothing could keep you from achieving your fullest potential.

Within a young age he reached goals, created new avenues and did what so many would take decades to do and left an indelible mark in the hearts of thousands who would miss him and his enigmatic presence in their lives, but will find the will to live life as he would have wanted them to, because with Imzy one does not give up but go.  MB Imran had a unique rhythm which cannot be replaced…

His parents, brothers and friends are grateful to those who showed their support during this time of immense grief and wish to inform that Imzy’s Loft will be relocated to 22A, Frazer Avenue, Dehiwala. His foundation too will be functioning for the purpose of creating a better life filled with opportunities for street children- a cause which Imran believed in and supported.

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About Rochelle Gunaratne

I believe that everyone has a story to tell and in turn, I love listening to those stories, attempting to paint a picture to my readers with my words. I may not be an artist or painter, but I believe words can create powerful images in ones mind and it is how we share our stories with others.
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