Mumbai-based Shamim Qureshi paints terracotta vessels and canvases with verses within the Koran in calligraphy


By Shamim Qureshi
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Islamic calligraphy is worship for artist Shamim Qureshi who’s exhibiting her Koranic calligraphy works at Hyderabad’s Salar Jung Museum. Titled Rabbana Quranic Calligraphy, the show at a gallery on the primary ground of the Western block contains 22 handcrafted items of ceramic and terracotta pots and vases, and mounted canvases, all with verses in calligraphy.

Shamim Qureshi

Shamim Qureshi
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Mumbai-based Shamim was drawn to artwork since childhood. Within the early 90s, when she didn’t get entry to JJ College of Arts, she learnt artwork from a craft instructor in Mumbai and taught herself calligraphy in ‘94. “I used to look at, study and practise at residence,” remembers Shamim. Having carved a distinct segment within the discipline, the artiste’s speciality is designing Quranic verses on pots and vases. “I give design specs to a kumhar (potter) and select a verse or hymn from the Koran, which inserts under the vase’s neck like an decoration and provides it an vintage look.”

Whereas she works in numerous mediums reminiscent of pictures, portray, ceramics, and calligraphy, she pursues calligraphy with devotion. Shamim works from a studio at residence and travels to take part in exhibitions. It was an exhibition based mostly on the Koran in 2008 in Tehran, Iran which introduced recognition to her works. “The staff within the then Tradition Ministry had been shocked to know the work was a handcrafted one and accomplished by a girl.” Shameem’s displays have travelled to Jeddah, Algeria and Belgium.

In contrast to the calligraphy on paper or canvas, designing it on a pot or vase could be fairly difficult. Creating 5 items at a time, Shamim does every thing on her personal — from clearing the tough edges of a pot to including layers and filling colors for the design. She says, “Even once I clarify the method, others are unable to visualise the pictures the way in which I do. Doing it alone is difficult as it’s a pressure on my eyes and imaginative and prescient is affected, however I handle to do it as I get sukoon (peace) with each work.”

Shamim feels lucky to show her works on the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad. “Yahan pe cheezon ko parakhne ki kala logon mein hai; Bahut maza aata hai jab log mujhe mere kaam ke baare mein vista se poochte hain (Right here, individuals are discerning. I get pleasure from it once they ask about my work intimately, )” says Shamim.

Rabbana Quranic Calligraphy exhibition is on at Salar Jung Museum until Could 31.

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