SRINAGAR - For the first time in the history of J&K, the Office of the Director (Epigraphy) for Arabic and Persian Inscriptions, Nagpur under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and J&K Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), is mounting 10 day Travelling Photo Exhibition on the theme ‘Calligraphy through the Ages’, on Nov 28, at Lal Ded Memorial Cultural Centre, Ganpatyar Kabba Kadal, Srinagar. The exhibition will remain open till 7th December.
Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir will inaugurate the Photo Exhibition while Convener INTACH J&K Chapter Mohammad Saleem Beg will be the Guest of Honour.
This is part of the 150th year celebration of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the exhibition shall also be mounted in New Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal and Hyderabad. The exhibition will showcase Arabic-Persian and Sanskrit-Dravidian Calligraphy on monuments, papers & coins. Separate panels have been devoted to calligraphy on stone inscriptions, in holy Quran manuscripts, on paper and coinages of Sultans of Delhi & Mughal Emperors.
The Office of the Director (Epigraphy) for Arabic and Persian Inscriptions at Nagpur has gathered, in the form of inked rubbings (estampages) of epigraphs, many marvels of Islamic calligraphy in India. The Lal Ded Memorial Cultural Centre has been set up jointly by INTACH, J&K & Department of Tourism Kashmir.
History of calligraphy informs that Sharaf-ud Din Bulbul Shah (R.A), a scholar and saint of 14th century A.D., introduced art of calligraphy in Kashmir. Mulla Jamil a court calligrapher of Sultan Zain-ud din Budh Shah was an expert in Nastaliq style. During Sultan Husain Shah’s reign Mir Ali Haft Qalam came to Kashmir from Iran.
The calligraphers of India has not only nurtured this art but made great contributions to it; their works still decorate the facades of medieval monuments like Taj Mahal Agra, Ibrahim Rauza Bijapur, Golconda, Adina Masjid Pandua (West Bengal), Ashrafi Mahal Mandu, Akbar’s Tomb Sikandara, Jamia Masjid Delhi, etc. Medieval coins of India are considered among the most beautiful coins of the world because of calligraphy on them.