The Arts Council of Pakistan exhibits Islamic calligraphy
By: Ahtesham Azhar
KARACHI: The Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP), Karachi recently organised a three-day Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition, featuring the calligraphies of more than 15 renowned artists, here at its Ahmed Parvez Hall.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Speaker Sindh Assembly, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and attended by the ACP Karachi president, Ahmed Shah; ACP Karachi Fine Arts Committee chairperson, Qudsia Akbar; Amin Yousuf; many artists as well as calligraphy lovers.
Addressing the people, Khuhro expressed his pleasure to see people’s interest in religious calligraphic paintings, especially during the holy month of Ramazan. He said that more then forty paintings were on display, adding that Islamic calligraphy was an amazing form of art. “No matter what an artist draws on canvas, it always realises good,” he said, adding that Pakistan had a good repute in the global calligraphic sector.
Khuhro said, “There used to be a time when the venue of the exhibition was just an under construction building without spotlights and other fancy and attractive accessories. The renowned late artist, Sadequain used to work here.” The artist later went on to bring laurels to Pakistan.
ACP, Karachi Fine Arts Committee Chairperson Qudsia Akbar said that holy verses, Asma-ul-Husna (Allah’s names) and Asma-e-Muhammad (Prophet Muhammad PBUH’s names) reflected the artists’ love and reverence for the religion.
The ACP Karachi President Ahmed Shah thanked Khuhro for being a part of the beautiful exhibition. He appreciated Qudsia Akber’s work for ACP and shed light on the displayed work of artists. Shah announced that ACP, Karachi was going to organise exhibition competition in October in which artists from across the province would take part while winners would be granted with cash prizes.
An artist, Zebun Zuby, whose work was also on display, said calligraphy in the blessed month of Ramazan always depicted the love of artists for the religion.
Some of the artists who took part in the exhibition included Khurram Saleem, Shamim, Amna, Fariha Naz, Waqar Afzal, Kanwal Aftab, Munir Shah, Zohaib Rind, Farid Durrani, Aftab Zaffar, Nazneen Naz, Jasarteen, Yasir Anwer and Syed Qamar-ul-Hassan.