A calligraphy exhibition, displaying ancient manuscripts of the Quran along with Iranian antiquities, kicked off at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) on Friday.

The group show, that has been organised in collaboration with the Iranian embassy, was inaugurated by Minister of State for Information Farrukh Habib. Visitors from Pindi and Islamabad flocked to see the vibrant works of calligraphers Elahi Bux Mattee, Khawaja Mohammad Hussain, Mohammad Azeem Iqbal and Shabbir Ahmad Zia.

Speaking on the occasion, Iranian Cultural Consul Ehsan Khazai said the exhibition had 38 rare manuscripts in classical and ancient calligraphy done in Urdu, Persian and Arabic.

“They belong to the ancient manuscripts of the period from 8AH to 12AH. These calligraphy works include various poems including Shahnameh Ferdowsi, Gulistan-i-Saadi, Dastani Adab and Tarikh,” he said.

RAC Director Waqar Ahmed said calligraphy was valued all over the world, including Pakistan. “More steps need to be taken to spread calligraphy as an art form to other parts of the world,” he said and thanked special guests and participants at the end of the event.

Mr Habib said calligraphers were making the technique popular in the world and congratulated the arts council, Khana-e- Farhang Iran (Iranian Cultural Centre) along with the calligraphers.

From : pk.mashable.com

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