ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Irfan Siddiqui Wednesday said establishment of first-ever Calligraphy Wing was a first practical step toward preservation and promotion of Islamic art of calligraphy which would get the status of an institution in the future.
While addressing the inauguration ceremony of establishment of Calligraphy Wing, Irfan Siddiqui said creation of Calligraphy Wing at National Language Promotion Department (NLPD), under the government patronage, would serve as catalyst for promoting this glorious and ancient art and inspired younger generation to explore the intricacies of this unique art.
“The art of Calligraphy was originated followed by revelation of Islam. Calligraphy is not merely an art but it is a legacy of companions of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)”, Irfan Siddiqui observed.
The aspects of beauty, spiritualism, sacredness and respect are embedded in the art of calligraphy which make it more distinctive, he said.
Irfan Siddiqui said Pakistani calligraphers had recognized themselves through their artistic abilities at national and international without any government patronage.
Irfan Siddiqui said the NH&LH division had compiled a directory of Pakistani calligraphers with their details and pictures which would be printed within a month.
The directory would carry information about around 320 calligraphers and its objective was to give recognition to the calligraphers and encourage their artistic endeavours, he added.
The Advisor said the division had arranged national and international calligraphy exhibitions this year where the calligraphers from far flung areas of the country showcased their art pieces and received appreciation.
He said the division would enhance cooperation with Iran, Turkey and other Islamic countries for promotion of this art.