Lucknow Society has taken a unique initiative by saving the art of calligraphy & efforts have been taken
to revive the same in 21st have invited people to learn the dying art and more than 50 applications have been received for the same, out of which more than 20 people are attending the course who are in Lucknow and can devote the required time. Entire course is free for the students and the expenses are managed by the Lucknow Society. Total 8 sessions have been planned along with special lectures of the experts and a visit of the
monuments where calligraphy is present. Azeem Haider Jafri, the well known and the best calligrapher of Tughra Calligraphy is the tutor where he will make the students aware about the script and the art of calligraphy. Hindi and English calligraphy will also be taught to the students along with Urdu. Today 6th September was the inaugural session which was started by Atif Hanif of Lucknow Society, who delivered multi-media presentation about the calligraphy; its origin, types and importance. Candidates which includes the students, housewives and corporate professionals are highly enthusiastic in learning this unique art from the experts ! Akansha Rani, the trained calligrapher from Season 1 was the motivating force for the students of this batch.
‘Calligraphy’ or ‘Khattati’, which was originated around 13th century in India is one of the rare art. It was given patronage by the rulers of Delhi Sultanate, Mughal dynasty & Regional dynasties. Delhi, Lahore and Lucknow were the prominent centres of calligraphy. It reached the zenith in Awadh under the Nawabs, whereas evidences of calligraphy are found at tomb of Sheikh Ibrahim, Nadan Mahel which happens also to be the oldest surviving monument of Lucknow. Chota Imambara is one of the best example of calligraphy on monument. Abdul Halim Sharar has given details about the same in his legendary book ‘Guzishta Lucknow’. Contribution of Munshi Nawal Kishore Press is also outstanding in promoting this art.