A brush with a flair

Delhi-based artist does a show-and-tell of his passion for calligraphy

Each artist at the Dastakari Haat Samiti’s exhibition at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharashtra Vastu Sangralaya has a story to tell.

The exhibition, called Akshara: Crafting Indian Scripts, is unique for the way in which calligraphy has been blended with India’s rich heritage of crafts.

One of the calligraphy mentors, Rajeev Kumar, was a Delhi-based mechanical engineer working in the oil sector, until he quit his job in 2000 to set-up a design studio and practise calligraphy.

Fiddling with pens and brushes right through his college days, Kumar stumbled upon a world of artists in calligraphy books.

The self-taught artist co-mentors with Qamar Dagar, another calligrapher, who hails from a family of musicians.

“European languages have the same scripts whereas India has such as wide variety of scripts. I want to take calligraphy to the level of mainstream gallery art,” says Kumar.

Do watch out for his hand-painted scrolls with deconstructions of Indian fonts as well as other works by artisans at the exhibition.

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