Calligraphy exhibit: A group show of the budding and the mature

Works of 14 artists displayed at RAC’s new art gallery.

Mudassir Raja August 20, 2011


A calligraphy art exhibit opened in Rawalpindi Arts Council’s newly-built art gallery on Thursday.

Inaugurated by Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Zahid Saeed, the “sublime and superb” exhibit, as termed by most visitors, features 55 calligraphic art pieces by 14 artists, including some renowned calligraphers.

Among the most notable artists is calligrapher Elahi Bux Matteh, who has earned much repute since he was commissioned to paint Kalima-e-Tayyabah (first Islamic Kalima) on the face of the Parliament House. The artist’s six art pieces featuring traditional kalum and oil paints on paper remained the focus of attention.

Azeem Iqbal, for his collection, used mixed mediums to write Quranic verses using Kufi and Thuluth modes of calligraphy, which also portray the era of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Meanwhile, pride of performance winner Aftab Ahmed Khan’s calligraphic work on paper and gold leaf was also much appreciated.

Other artists who exhibited their work included Imran Tahir, Anwar Sadidi, Abdul Rehman Tabani, Mehtab Ahmed, Rehmat Ali, Mehmood Ali, Irsa Ambreen, Younus Roomi, and three students of Fatima Jinnah Women University: Bushra Nusrat, Quratulain Azmam and Saba Irum. The artists rendered calligraphy through illustration, oil painting, and graphic art using a variety of mediums.

“The exhibition is a good diversion during Ramazan and is an opportunity for young artists and students to observe and learn from experienced artists,” said a young girl at the exhibition.

Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Saeed said he had been “inspired by the magnificent exhibit” and praised the efforts of both senior calligraphers and students.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2011.


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