Calligraphy competition will motivate young artists: Irfan Siddiqui

APP71-29 ISLAMABAD: January 29 - Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui addressing a press conference at PID. APP photo by Asim Shigri

ISLAMABAD: National Calligraphy Competition scheduled to be held in the month of February will serve as a catalyst towards promotion of glorious Islamic art of calligraphy in the country and motivate the young artists to get excellence in this ancient form of art.

This was stated by Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Irfan Siddiqui while talking to APP on Tuesday.

Irfan Siddiqui said that Abdul Majeed Parveen Raqam National Calligraphy Competition will be a first of its kind which is being arranged by NH&LH division as a part of its efforts for reviving this neglected art. This calligraphy exhibition is dedicated to Abdul Majeed Parveen Raqam who was a legendary calligrapher and rendered huge contribution in this field, he said.

This competition, along with an exhibition of selected art pieces, will be held from February 23 to February 28 at a local hotel.

Young calligraphers aged up to 35 years from across the country, including Azad Jammu Kashmir, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan will take part in the competition and showcase their extraordinary talents.

Irfan Siddiqui further said that a special grant of Rs60 million is being given to the newly established calligraphy wing of national language promotion department (NLPD) for its strong foundation.

It is pertinent to mention here that cash prizes worth Rs75,000, Rs50,000, Rs40,000, Rs20,000 and Rs15,000 will be given to the best five calligraphers of each category.

The calligraphy exhibition will be open to the general public during the whole week.