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Dr Najma Heptulla Union Minister for Minority Affairs to inaugurate an exhibition on Islamic Art and Craft Indo Iranian Enterprise for Preservation and Promotion at Jamia (Publish Date: 29/07/2015)

July 29, 2015
Press Release
Dr. Najma Heptulla, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, to inaugurate an exhibition on ‘Islamic Art and Craft: Indo-Iranian Enterprise for Preservation and Promotion” at Jamia
Premchand Archives & Literary Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in collaboration with Iran Culture House is going to organize an exhibition on “Islamic Art and Craft: Indo-Iranian Enterprise for Preservation and Promotion”.
Dr. Najma Heptulla, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, shall inaugurate the exhibition in the presence of Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia  and Mr. Ghulam Reza Ansari, Ambassador, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran on  August 6, 2015 at 9.30 AM at M.F. Husain Art Gallery, JMI.
The exhibition shall be on view until August 18, 2015 between 10.00 AM to 05.00 PM (except Sunday).
The exhibition is an Indo-Iranian endeavour for preservation and promotion of Islamic Art. The exhibits are produced by Indian artists under expert guidance of Iranian experts. The indigenous talent is developed into skills to keep alive the traditional Islamic art.
The exhibition will showcase aspects of Islamic Art & Craft related to the Holy Quran which after its revelation to Prophet Mohammad (SAW) came to be the centre of Muslim attention as the Holy Book of remedy and mercy. Since the Islamic tradition declined use of figurative art, the verses of the Quran were preserved by writing it down in different styles. Calligraphy, the artistic practice of handwriting and by extension of book-making became popular in the lands sharing a common Islamic cultural heritage. Calligraphy became the most venerated of artistic expression in Islamic cultures followed by abstract depictions and floral motifs. Quran, created a new prestige for the Arabic language, its written form and visual expression, since no other book could match the Quran in its Holiness being Allah’s eternal word. The Arabic script played an important role in not only the development of Arabic language but also of the Islamic culture. Verses of the Holy Quran, sayings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and proverbs were the main source of Islamic calligraphy.
Persian language and arts predominantly, the Persian calligraphy in various styles have always been popular and inspiring to the ‘ganga-jamuni tahzeeb’ of India. Although a calligraphic tradition existed in India, Persian calligraphers were employed to produce some fine manuscripts and inscriptions on stone. Emperor Humayun is known to have bought Persian calligraphers into India who, later during Emperor Akbar’s reign and even afterwards together with native Hindu artists promoted not only the art of calligraphy but a cultural synthesis and Hindi-Muslim unity. The unity between Iran and India is still being carried forward by the academically and artistically inclined minds.
The exhibition is an example of this co-operation. Quranic calligraphy in different styles and on different surfaces of unique art objects by Indian artists under Iranian experts will be shown. There will be live demonstration of calligraphy as well as indigenous techniques of preservation. The exhibition is being organized by Jamia’s Premchand Archives & Literary Centre in collaboration with Iran Culture House and Noor International Microfilm Centre, Embassy of Iran, New Delhi.
Those desirous of covering the event may kindly inform at 011-26980090 or e-mail at mranjan@jmi.ac.in to enable us to provide smooth entry. Effort should be made on the part of the media persons (print/electronic/photo journalists) to reach the venue 30 minutes before the event to avoid last minute rush.
Media Coordinator
Jamia Millia Islamia