Calligraphy festival in India

Callifest 2015 has been organized at Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre in Pune.

“In the age of digital communication, we’ve forgotten the beauty of writing. Calligraphy, which celebrates writing, must be preserved and promoted,” said Ranjit Patil, Minister of State for Home (Urban), Maharashtra, at the inauguration ceremony of Callifest 2015, which is being organised at Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre. The inauguration was followed by a live stage performance combining three art forms-music, dance and calligraphy-by world renowned artist Achyut Palav.

Speaking on the occasion, Patil said, “Many job opportunities can be created out of calligraphy and this art can be taken to a different level with desire, dedication, determination and direction.”

At the event, Professor Mukund Gokhale was felicitated by Patil for his memorable contribution towards calligraphy, Indian scripts and his detailed work on the printing of Indian scripts. Siddharth Shirole, head of Swayambhu Foundation, asked Patil to fill the position of Art Director of Maharashtra that had been vacant for the last 10 years.

Japanese calligrapher Jyoti Eri, Pune Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kunal Kumar and Bombay Art Society vice-president Chitra Mete were present on the occasion. Eri, who was the guest of honor, said, “While calligraphy is both art and science, it brings profound meaning to one’s life; it is a bridge between the physical and spiritual world. You can use it to change yourself and the world.”

Calligraphy festival in India


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