Report by – Amna Jalali
To improve presentation skills and to inculcate a habit of good handwriting among students, University Fine Arts Club organised Calli-Stroke, a calligraphy workshop-cum competition followed by an open mic Natiya Kalaam on the occasion of Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi, a day dedicated to Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) birthday and his teachings on 29th and 30th November 2017.
Around 400 students from all over Aligarh coming from all age groups took an active part in the workshop cum competition. Renowned artist Dr Ayyub Akhtar from K.A. Nizami Centre for Quranic studies A.M.U. gave the demonstrations of Arabic and English calligraphy. It covered all the basic of modern calligraphy from how to use a pen to creating shapes and scripting, covering Arabic and English language. Students received hand on instructions that prepared them to practise the beautiful art of calligraphy. The competition which took place on the second day of the event exhibited the writing skills of participants in different forms of calligraphy of Arabic as well as English.
As said by Afreen Khan, the secretary of University fine arts club, everyone should learn the art of writing and keep the calligraphy alive in the modern age. Syed Mohd Suhaib, the joint secretary, highlighted the importance of good handwriting quoting that our handwriting style depicts our personality traits. The competition was followed by an open mic Natiya Kalaam as Eid-E-Milad is also called Mawlid consisting of naats and hymns sung in the praise of Prophet Mohammad. The colourful event was a huge success and lived up to the expectations of the people involved.