Mohammad Elahi Bukhsh Muttee hails from Haripur and he has been in this field for more than 4 decades. He has also been bestowed upon with few national and International awards including the Best Khatati Award by National Art Gallery of Pakistan.
Describing his special interest in Islamic calligraphy, Mr. Muttee said that he had developed a liking for the calligraphic art since childhood and was initially inspired by the magnificent Turkish calligraphic art work. He praised the works of calligraphers such as Ustaad Sami, Rasheed Butt and Nafees Raqam. He also spoke of the special interest among the youth in learning calligraphy and said that “our youth is very passionate hence it is important to guide them on the right path.”
Mr. Muttee regretted that the government was not doing enough to promote the dying art the Islamic art of calligraphy. But at the same time he lauded the initiative taken by PNAC to promote the art of calligraphy.
It may be recalled that the several Arab countries have set up universities of calligraphic art but unfortunately there is not any such an institution in Pakistan financed by government.
This calligraphy workshop was organized with a key focus on different modes and techniques of calligraphy and the participants also learned about the history and development of Islamic Arts during the workshop, said organizers from PNCA.
Nusratji, a seasoned painter and a Fine Arts teacher, who has also worked in collaboration with Gulgee, stressed upon the teaching of history and original form of art and also commented “I think that calligraphy has become more of a decorative art nowadays and has lost its original meaning but this workshop is a good sign that the basics of the drawing and art is being promoted in our country at some level.”
–Photos and write-up by Sana Jamal