A cursive history : Keeping calligraphy alive in Swat

July 22, 2015

Express Tribune — The history of calligraphy—the art of handwriting as a medium of expression beyond the meaning of words themselves—could be generically traced to the earliest found symbols. There was a time when carving on a rock was a utilitarian skill known to few, it eventually give way to hieroglyphics in Before Common Era ۔۔۔

Calligrapher Azeem Haider Jaffri

February 16, 2015

Times of India — Lucknow: Crowd puller during the three-day Lucknow Literary Festival was a rare collection of Tughra designs by calligrapher Azeem Haider Jaffri, who has etched/scripted wonders on stones, walls, paper and ۔۔۔

Rassam’s paintings, Gulzar and Ghalib

February 5, 2015

Times of India — Mumbai: How does one paint the works of 19th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib, or that of popular Indian lyricist Gulzar? That’s a question Pakistani artist Shahid Rassam answers through a series of paintings that illustrate the writings of both poets. While the original paintings are currently in Rassam’s studio in Karachi, Rassam himself joined Gulzar in conversation at the Mumbai Press Club on Wednesday ۔۔۔

उर्दू में लिखी मुगलकालीन रामलीला मिली

February 3, 2015

सना जै़दी — छत्तीसगढ़ के कोरबा में आर्कियोलोजिकल म्यूजियम को उर्दू में लिखी गई रामलीला मिली है. इसकी लिखावट व छपाई को देखकर ऐसा लगता है जैसे कि यह मुगलकाल में लिखी गई होगी. वाल्मीकि रामायण से मिलती हुई यह किताब म्यूजियम के मार्गदर्शक को एनटीपीसी के विधि अधिकारी ने दी ۔۔۔

Visual nature of language

January 31, 2015

Nadeem Zuberi — Ghulam Muhammad sees words as images. His distinctive work and talent and his willingness to constantly evolve his work and reinvent himself brought him to this new world of visual language. One can witness his affection to his work in a solo show titled “Kutub Khana” at Sanat Gallery, Karachi in which he comments on the visual nature of printed ۔۔۔

Ghulam Muhammad expresses love for Urdu through paper collage

January 18, 2015

Yusra Salim — Karachi: Young artist Ghulam Muhammad has come out with his best work at his recent exhibition, ‘Kutubkhana’, through which he expresses his love for the Urdu language. The show opened at the Sanat gallery on Friday and will run till January 28. Focusing on the beauty of the language and its script, the Beaconhouse National University fine arts graduate uses it as a medium to express his ۔۔۔

Exhibition of Ahmad Khan’s calligraphic work

December 1, 2014

Pakistan Observer — Karachi—An exhibition of Ahmad Khan’s calligraphic work at Artciti Gallery is drawing considerable attention of local painters and art enthusiasts. The work is mainly in painting form with the theme of the exhibition “Spiritual Submission”. Ahmad Khan uses gold and silver pigments with subtle tones and intricate gold writings in his varied pieces. These are besides mixed media with ink, watercolour and pigments applied to create intense pieces that are imperial in ۔۔۔