Miniature, calligraphy exhibition opens at NCA


LAHORE: The National College of Arts on Wednesday hosted an exhibition of Traditional Miniature and Calligraphy by Rabia Ashraf at the Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery.

The exhibition attracted a large number of people from all walks of life. The visitors liked the different techniques reflected both in calligraphy and traditional miniature art.

Rabia Ashraf is a graduate from the NCA and is currently teaching at the same institution. She has proved her skills through a number of similar exhibitions.

When asked, Rabia said that her works, like that of any other artist, are an extension of herself and her journey through art has run parallel to her journey within herself.

Most unique and amazing of all the paintings was the pictorial presentation of Safr-ul Ishq famously known as Saif-ul-Malook, a Punjabi epic written by renowned Punjabi Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Baksh.

When asked about the unique idea of miniature portrayal of the punjabi epic, Rabia said: “Firstly, this type of experiment was not braved by any other miniature artist before and I strongly believe that the traditional miniature has all the prerequisites of dedication, patience, focus and imagination which are required to express the metaphysically mystical themes expressed by the Sufi poet.”

Rabia Ashraf is also working on further elaboration of the same work in her doctoral programme. The exhibition is on till Sept 18th and is open to general public.