Exhibition of calligraphy opens
LAHORE: An exhibition of works by veteran calligraphist Munawar Islam opened at the Alhamra Arts Council gallery on Tuesday. The exhibition was organised by the Punjab Council of the Arts (PUCAR) in connection with Independence Day.
PUCAR Director Tahir Jamil inaugurated the exhibition in which 50 paintings, mostly in Khat-e-Diwani, are on display. It is Munawar Islam’s thirteenth exhibition. Mr Islam belongs to a family of artists, calligraphists, poets and intellectuals from Kasur. He received a formal education in calligraphic art from his father Abdul Wahid Nadir-ul-Qalam, a renowned calligraphist, who was involved in the promotion of calligraphy for fifty years and founded the Al Khattat Islamic Art Gallery.
Mr Islam learnt classical calligraphic art in Khate Nastaliq, Tulth, Riqa, Kufi and Deevani. He has renewed interest in the Deevani style. Calligraphist Zakir Hassan said, “Mr Islam, like his father, has taken calligraphy in new directions.”
Naqsh School of Arts principal Mahmood Hassan Rumi, said, “I have come across good calligraphic work after a very long time. Mr Islam has done a wonderful job in Khat-e-Deewani.” staff report