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.
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
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.
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.
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