LAHORE: The final workshop and the Closing Ceremony of the Second International Sarir-e Khama “Art of the Pen” Conference was held late here the other day at the historic Senate Hall of the Punjab University College of Art and Design.

On the last day of the event, a large number of people interested in calligraphy, college faculty, students and teachers of other colleges and universities participated in learning calligraphy from national and international calligraphers. Two sessions of the workshop were held for the participants with national and international calligraphers from Turkey and other countries.
Principal Prof. Dr. Sumera Jawad delivered the welcome address to the participants and eminent calligrapher Prof. Irfan Qureshi joined the event as an expert.  Baitul Eser, an expert in the modern and unique style of calligraphy, coupled with Ebru technique, that came from the development, taught the audience to calligraphy in marbling style.  Iranian calligraphers Dr. Kazim Khorasani and Mahsa Divacci further enhanced the participants’ knowledge of calligraphy on the second day of the workshop.
In the second session of the workshop, participants were given a workshop on the rules and procedures of Nasta’liq letter.  Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui, Jameel Hassan Nafisi and Wajid Mehmood Yaqut Raqam gave workshop on Lahori Nasta’liq and Ismatullah Saeedi gave workshop on Shakista Nasta’liq and Arif Khan and Muneeb Ali gave workshop on modern calligraphy style.  It proved as a very informative, complete and useful workshop with his expertise. General (retd) Humayun Khan Bangash attended as the special guest and graced the occasion.
Mr. Anis Siddiqui, Chief Convener of Sarir-e Khama Conference, Dr. Sumera Jawad, Principal, and Mr. Irfan Qureshi, Curator of the Sarir-e Khama exhibition, thanked all the national and international attendees with heartfelt thanks. After the conference, calligraphy will regain its lost place in the near future.  At the end of the ceremony, certificates were distributed among all the distinguished calligraphers, speakers and participants of the conference and workshop.
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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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