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Great calligraphic workRare letters bearing the seal of holy Prophet Mohammed and addressed to the kings of Egypt and Ethiopia, the emperors of Iran and Rome and Governors of Bahrain and Oman are on display in the Calligraphic exhibition that is being held in the Salar Jung Museum. The week long exhibition conducted by Islamic Heritage Foundation has the masterpieces of art from the early days of Islam to modern times.

Creating magic with handMore than three hundred calligraphic works done by great calligraphers captioned with their names and type of scripts are on display in the museum. The specimens are collected from the various libraries of the world such as Vatican Library, Bibliothic National Museum (Paris), National Museum of USA and other parts of the globe. The calligraphic works display great penmanship and are done with different designs and colours.

But what is calligraphy? Why is it largely restricted to Islam? "Calligraphy is an art of transferring the Word of Al-Quran into the earthly plane of patterns and designs by a symmetrical, periodic and The seal of Holy Prophetmethodic movement of artist's pen. Since the portrayal of life forms is prohibited in Islam, the creative genius of the artist has turned to calligraphy with its numerous applications in the endless two dimensional and three dimensional points, lines, surfaces, and solid patterns" said Mr Mohd Umar Ali Khan, Vice President, Islamic Heritage Foundation. "Calligraphy could be in any language but it is highly developed in the Islamic culture," adds Mr Mohd Umar Ali Khan telling about the development of calligraphy among the Muslims. Beside the words of god, the classical poetry of ancient poets such as Firdousi, Hafiz are also rendered into calligraphic patterns.

Calligraphy with different designsThe exhibition which is attracting huge crowds cutting across the religious background has calligraphic works done by the companions of the holy prophet like Hazrat Abu Bakr, Hazrat Omer, Hazrat Usman, Hazrat Ali, Hazrat and Hazrat Imam Hasan. The exhibition has great calligraphic forms of Bismillah Irrahman Irrahim (In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent and Merciful) written in 114 different styles. The last page of Quran written beautifully by Great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb is one of the special attractions of this exhibition. Apart from these, there are also works done on wood and cloth. The calligraphic works done by Narsing Rao with the help of a nail and an Urdu couplet written by Ramchander are also on display in the exhibition.

Modern calligraphyIf you want to know more about the calligraphy, then you can attend the demo classes given by some well-known names in the field of calligraphy. The demo classes are held everyday from 19th June to 24th June in the Salar Jung Museum premises.

The exhibition is on till June 24. Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

Address: Nawab Mir Laiq Ali Khan Bhavan, Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

- MAR Fareed
Photographs : Islamic Heritage Foundation and Srinivas Setty

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