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PROJECT

ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY

BRIEF

Attempting to learn Arabic Calligraphhy, starting with research on two scripts - nasakh and kufic. After research choose nasakh script and learned how to read and write the script. Learning how to pronouce with the help of duolingo, After a week was able to recoganize letters and their pronounciation. After practicing letters, phrases and sentences moved on to learning the proportions of these letters used in arabic calligraphy.

For the final outcome decided to do arabic calligraphy on ceramics as part of cultural confluence to prevent the extinction of arabic art from Delhi. As delhi has always been ruled by Islamic rulers, the architecture and art of Delhi preserves the heritage of this city.

COMPOSITION

The composition showcases the different letters in the  arabic letter set and within that beautiful words like "firdaus" meaning heaven and other similar words. Eventually, it forms the shape of a mosque. It is then written in a gradient ink from black to red, showcasing a beautiful culture bleeding as it lays on the verge of extinction. 

THOUGHT

The writing on the bowl says - " من ايقن بالخلف جاد و كيف ما عو دت النافس يءأد بر كاق لصاحبه " meaning " He who is sure of his past, although the soul has not returned blessing will be returned to its owner. " 

The illustration beside it is of old delhi - Chandni Chowk it reperesents the heritage of Delhi being ruined yet restablished 7 times from complete dust by 7 different dynasties. As the saying goes blessing does return to its owner even if the soul doesn't. 

This ceramic was a pair with an identical bowl but broken with the same saying but showcasing the brokeness and the ruins of Delhi. 

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