Irfan Siddiqui promises support to calligraphers in their endeavours

World renowned Turkish calligraphist Mr. Usama Hamzavi presenting his calligraphy piece to Mr. Irfan Siddiqui, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage during the third day of International Calligraphy Exhibition at PNCA, Islamabad on August 27, 2017.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s advisor on National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division, Irfan Siddiqui, announced, on Sunday, to create the first-ever directory of calligraphers from across the country to promote their artistic endeavours.

He was speaking at a ‘Calligraphy Workshop’ arranged by the NH&LH Division in collaboration with Research Center for Islamic History, Arts, and Culture (IRCICA) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as a part of ongoing four-day International Calligraphy Exhibition.

He reiterated his commitment to establish an Institute of calligraphy in the federal capital, arranging calligraphers exchange programmes and to include of calligraphy subject in the curriculum.

He said that the NH&LH division had earlier arranged a national level calligraphy exhibition which received an overwhelming response from the calligraphers and now this international level exhibition will enable them to learn from renowned calligraphers from different countries.

Irfan Siddiqui said such exhibitions help portray true image of Pakistan against often-portrayed violent Pakistan. He assured that his division will arrange such events with continuity and expand their scope to the provincial level.  This four-day exhibition will prove as a milestone toward promoting this art and open new avenues of cooperation in the fields of Islamic history, arts and culture with other countries.

He said that the division will implement the suggestions came from the participants of the exhibition in true spirit and devise a proper strategy to promote this art and the emerging artists.

Professional calligraphers from different countries demonstrated different calligraphy styles during the workshop.

More than 100 art pieces of professional and young calligraphers from different countries were on display in the exhibition.

Around 43 art pieces of the calligraphers from Egypt, Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Tunisia, Indonesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Britain, Thailand, Sudan and Jordan were on display in the exhibition.

While the art pieces of around 36 Pakistani calligraphers from different parts of the country were also part of the exhibition.  A delegation comprising high officials from the IRCICA, as well as calligraphers, from different countries, participated in the exhibition.

The exhibition will conclude on August 28 enabling the art lovers to visit the exhibition thoroughly and observe the art work of the professional calligraphers.