Monday, September 3, 2012


"As the Quran began to be written down on parchment, early calligraphers took to heart one of Muhammad's most famous statements: "God is beautiful and loves beauty." They started early, developing writing styles that enhanced and formalized the 6346 verses and 114 sections of the Quran. The very tools of these early copyists show their careful attention to aesthetics: the angle at which the tip of the writing reed was cut, the care taken in blending inks and curing paper, the use of precious gold to enhance portions of verses, and above all the meditative, near-mystical approach to penmanship that calligraphers adopted in their work -- all combined to create an art of tremendous subtlety and sophistication.

You don't need to read Arabic to see the beauty of this writing, or to see why it would quickly be incorporated into so many other artistic forms. The simple elegance of plain black script circling the rim of a white ceramic plate or bowl speaks for itself and is universal.

In a general museum show of Islamic art, words appear on almost every precious object, from a 12th century Palestinian water pitcher to an inlaid Persian pen case to a small ivory jewelry box carved in medieval Muslim Spain. Calligraphy is the form of forms in Islamic art. But perhaps the most unexpected and universal appearance it makes in Islamic art is in the architecture." Michael Wolfe, Producer, 'Calligraphy is the Islamic Art of Arts', Huffington Post (4/9/2012)


Teacher: Irfan Ahmed Qureshi
Timings: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 
Duration: Four month primary module includes history, traditional paper and pen making.

Course fee: 
Any two or more days a week: Rs.3000/month. 
Once a week: Rs.2000/month.

Institute of Traditional Studies & Art
2-S Gulberg II

Queries: 03008493170

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