Culture: Calligraphy, modern and traditional, on display

A hundred art pieces showcased in an exhibition at the Alhamra.

Express August 09, 2011
Culture: Calligraphy, modern and traditional, on display


Eighty calligraphers from across the Punjab exhibited their work at an exhibition by the Punjab Arts Council (PAC) at Alhamra on The Mall.

Around 100 pieces of art had been placed on display. Traditional calligraphic style found itself flanked by more modern, stylised calligraphy and computer prints.

Oil on canvas was the popular medium but it was not the only one employed by the artists. A painting on closer display revealed that needle point had been used for the calligraphy. Many artists employed ceramics to show their skill.

A ceramic-calligraphy work by artist Salahuddin Michu gained a lot of attention. “The exhibition by the PAC aims at bringing all types of calligraphy work under one roof.

Traditional and stylised works are on display. Younger artists are showing work along with seasoned players,” the PAC Executive Director Ghulam Mustafa said.

The artists who have displayed their works include Ustad Abdul Wahid Nadir Qalam, Aslam Kamal, Irfan Ahmad Khan, Munawarul Islam Ibne Nadir Qalam, Arif Khan, Munawar Mohyuddin, Osman Algazi, Muhammad Sharif Sabri, Shafique Farooqi, Amjad Butt, Mehboob Ali, Zakir Hussain, M Arshad and Chitra Pritam.

The prices of the works ranged from Rs10,000 to Rs100,000. The exhibition will continue till August 13.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2011.


Iman Akhtar | 12 years ago | Reply

When the article is about calligraphy, doesn't it make sense to provide the following: 1. A link to the gallery's website and details about the exhibit. 2. A rolling slideshow in place of the photograph with at least 5 examples of work on display, to help ascertain the general context and curatorial focus of the event. 3. Why is it that the article of events such as this has to depict typically a group of supposedly self-important people and patrons being shown around by a docent?\ . This is online writing / presentation 101. Why is it so rare to come across it, even in the superlative Pakistani newspapers like the Express Tribune? Please, don't disappoint us from setting higher standards for yourself.

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