To show the Muslim heritage as a source of mental and spiritual satisfaction, Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) held an exhibition on Monday, entitled ‘All Punjab Calligraphic Exhibition’, to keep arts synchronised with the religious fervour of the holy month of Ramazan.
Pakistan Baitul Maal Managing Director Zamurad Khan and MNA Tahira Aurangzeb inaugurated the exhibition while Iran Culture Centre Director General Amin Gul, RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed and Naheed Manzoor were also present on the occasion.
The exhibition displayed the works of 30 artists, including Aftab Ahmed Khan, Elahi Bukhsh Matee, Ibne Kaleem, Khwaja Muhammad Hussain, Imran Tahir, Azeem Iqbal and Bushra Habib. Seven female calligraphers also participated in the exhibition.
More than 78 masterpieces of talented artists were put on display. The exhibition presents a combination of both traditional styles and forms. However, at the same time, modern, creative and experimental renderings by both the genres traditional and modern are also present. Each artist produced breathtaking blends of calligraphic aesthetic and their own signature art techniques for the one-of-a-kind show. Moreover, they presented a very modern rendition using mixed mediums. They tried to give new styles of writing in modern calligraphy that was appreciated by the visitors
After the inaugural ceremony, Pakistan Baitul Maal MD Zamurad Khan, while speaking about the show, said, “It is great to see so many artists under one roof. It is refreshing to see such a mixture of new and seasoned artists and so many different techniques involved.” He applauded the services of Naheed Manzoor in the field of arts and culture and pledged for efforts to rename Rawalpindi Arts Council as Naheed Manzoor Arts Council.
MNA Tahira said that the exhibition illustrates the multitude of talents and capacity of artistic expression the people of Pakistan have. It is with great emotions that the outburst of such expression comes to the light, in such a manner stating that creativity and imagination has no boundaries, she added. Amin Gul said that the doors of Iranian Consulate are always open for calligraphers. Naheed Manzoor said that the council is thankful to all the artists for their participation in this unique exhibition. The exhibition is a great initiative to help promote Islamic art, she further said. She said the exhibition was an acknowledgment of the rich potential of country’s master calligraphers and painters who had been putting their best to keep the magnificent art form alive.
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