News ID: 209737
Published: 0334 GMT February 09, 2018

Iranian calligraphy exhibition draws art enthusiasts in Pakistan

Iranian calligraphy exhibition draws art enthusiasts in Pakistan

An exhibition of Iranian-Islamic arts showcasing works of calligraphy and illumination by Iranian artists Hossein-Ali Esfandiar and his daughter Atena Esfandiar has opened in Pakistan. The event is jointly organized by Iran's Cultural Center and Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC).

The exhibition is part of programs arranged by Iran's Cultural Center to mark 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran, reported.

Esfandiar took up a career as calligrapher in 1977 and has participated in more than 60 group exhibitions and over 20 solo exhibitions in Tehran and other cities. Exhibitions of his works have also been held in Algeria, Lebanon and other countries besides Pakistan. He has a number of awards to his credit. His daughter Atena is an illuminator and has an MA in economics energy.

She started learning the art in 2012 under the guidance of well-known artists such as Ali Koohpayeh, Mohammad Esfandiar. She has also participated in eight group and solo exhibitions.

A total of 60 art pieces of calligraphy and illumination works are on display at RAC Art Gallery. The works are in ink, Qalam and watercolor on paper and canvas which have made them attractive. Hossein-Ali is proficient in nastaliq in traditional Iranian style.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Member of National Assembly in Pakistan Tahira Aurangzeb said that Pakistan and Iran have exemplary diplomatic relations and both countries cooperate with each other. She welcomed Esfandiar and his daughter Atena on their arrival to Rawalpindi.

The exhibition will end today.

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