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WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS: Mo’alla (The Exalted) Calligraphy from Persia

Tue, 31 May 2016 11:00AM
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Cosmic Heart Gallery is an art space with a difference offering an exquisite collection of art that will touch your soul. We are committed to bringing beautiful gifts from the world of sound and art into peoples’ lives to enable them connect to the Divine.  We have put together an exquisite collection of ‘MO’ALLA (The Exalted) CALLIGRAPHY’,  all the way from Iran, by world renowned Artist Kaveh Afraie in collaboration with the Culture House of I.R. of Iran, Mumbai.  This show has been inaugurated by Masood Khaleghi, Consul General of Iran, who is playing such a vital role in deepening the bond between our two countries & wholeheartedly supporting all our endeavors on the exchange of art & culture between India & Iran.  The art of calligraphy is one of the reputable and famous arts in Iran. The importance of the art of calligraphy among Iranian arts is such that some arts seem to be incomplete, without decorative calligraphy to enrich & beautify them. Most of the handwritten books of Iran specially the Holy Quran and collections of poems such as Shahnameh, Hafez, Golestan, Boostan and Khayam have been recognized as precious artistic works because of their graceful and delicate calligraphy.

Calligraphy is defined as the art of beautiful writing adhering to aesthetics and grace. Not only does it have great aesthetic value, but also powerful energy signatures and frequency that it translates into homes, as each writing carries erudite sayings, prayers periodicals and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad.  ‘Mo’alla’ is the latest achievement in the art of calligraphy in Iranian society, after ‘Shekasteh Nas'taliq’ writing was invented about 150 years ago. Mo’alla (The Exalted) Calligraphy has been innovated by Hamid Ajami whom the Artist acknowledges as his master or teacher. Mo’alla calligraphy is based on the calligrapher’s own subjective and imaginative interpretation of various traditional calligraphic styles, resulting in the emerging of a new visual style.

This unique collection has been adorned with Tazhib (gilding) - an Arabic word which has been derived from “zahab” meaning “gold”. Gilding involves drawing beautiful patterns. At the beginning, golden color was used in this art and this is why they called it “tazhib” (gilding).  Over a period of time, other colors like azure, blue, green, vermilion and turquoise have also been used along with gold.  Kaveh Afraie is a talented Calligrapher, Photographer & Graphic Designer. He has trained under the adept hands of Master Hamid Ajami (who is The Innovator of MOALLA Calligraphy) for a decade & won several awards. He has an innate love for India and has travelled extensively within our country.  The masterpiece of the Artist in this collection is the BIRD OF BISMILLAH. Kaveh Afraei had a dream & was shown a lot of words which culminated into what seemed like the form of a bird. The Master communicated in this sacred space - ‘You do not create these things, but they appear’. That is what happened. All words scrambled together and suddenly a special shape of a bird appeared explicitly and clearly. The artist could then perceive the Master’s words. What resulted is this unique, exquisite artwork - ‘Bird of Bismillah’ which has a total of 2000 letters of the name of God woven together ornately.  “We are happy to support these creative endeavors and this is our third exhibition with Cosmic Heart Gallery. Our mutual vision is to spread love and beauty through art. We truly dissolve all borders when we express ourselves through this wonderful medium of art.” - says Mr. Mahdi Zare, Director, Culture House of the I.R. of IRAN, Mumbai

Show Dates: March 31, - May 31, 2016

Gallery Timings: 11 - 7 pm - Tuesday to Saturday

Venue: G-2a, Court Chambers, 35 - New Marine Lines, Mumbai - 400020, Maharashtra, INDIA.

Tel: +91 22 22085926, 98210 97993


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