Indian Consulate holds Islamic calligraphy exhibition

The Siasat Indian Islamic Calligraphy and contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition “Visual Dhikr,” was inaugurated by Indian Consul General in Jeddah Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh and Siasat Editor Zahid Ali Khan.
Updated 18 April 2017

Indian Consulate holds Islamic calligraphy exhibition

JEDDAH: A three-day exhibition showcasing more than 100 pieces of Islamic calligraphy was recently held at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah.
The Siasat Indian Islamic Calligraphy and contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition “Visual Dhikr” by Younus M. Hafiz was organized by the Consulate General of India in association with Saudi Indian Business Network (SIBN).
The exhibition showcased works of artists including Nayeem Saberi, Faheem Saberi, Lateef Farooqui, Syed Viquaruddin, Mohammad Mazheruddin and Naseer Sultan, and was sponsored by Air India.
Indian Consul General Mohammad Noor Rahman Sheikh, said at the inauguration: “Calligraphy has been an integral part of India’s Islamic traditions. Calligraphy in India has evolved over centuries to acquire its own unique characteristics.”
He said the event aims to cultivate an interest in learning more about the Indo-Islamic calligraphy tradition, and that Islamic calligraphy and related art work is in great demand in the international market.
“It is hoped that the Indian calligraphy exhibition will enable people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to become more aware of the history and development of calligraphy in India.”
Siasat Editor Zahid Ali Khan, Consul General Bangladesh F.M. Borhan Uddin, Thai Consul General Thanis N. Songkklaa, and Managing Director Siasat Art Gallery Zaheeruddin Ali Khan were also present at the event.
“The idea is to bring calligraphy back to life and simultaneously generate employment,” said Zahid, adding housewives are being guided and given opportunities of coming up with innovative ideas of calligraphy with their wit and will. He said their skill has allowed the art form to take a fresh turn.
Zaheeruddin said Siasat Gallery is ready to provide training to the students of Hyderabad, and his institution will consider if any proposal of cooperation surfaces. He added that India has the potential to emerge as an international hub of Islamic art and calligraphy.
Dr. Mohammed Nurul Hasan, Consul Commerce, appreciated the work of artists who came all the way from India, saying that SIBN wished to keep the unique art of calligraphy alive as it was an important way of expressing the true respect and love for Islam.
Consular Anand Kumar said Islamic calligraphy was a symbol of representing unity, beauty and power.
“Calligraphy is art which involves the coordination of the brain, eyes and hands. It combines knowledge with skill. Calligraphy is flourishing not only in Islamic nations, but also in Western and European countries,” said Mir Gazanfar Ali Zaki, general secretary SIBN.

Misk forum connects global youth

High-tech passes allow participants to connect and swap contact details at the touch of a button.
Updated 16 November 2018

Misk forum connects global youth

  • It was the old-fashioned, face-to-face connections that many delegates said they valued the most
  • More than 3,500 delegates received insights from more than 50 speakers from around the world

Young leaders, entrepreneurs, students and inventors mingled in innovative ways at the Misk Global Forum, with name tags that sent delegates’ connections to an app at the press of a flashing button. 

But at the end of the day it was the old-fashioned, face-to-face connections that many delegates said they valued the most.

IN PICTURES: View the Third annual Misk Global Forum in Riyadh photo gallery

“I’m seeing people from all over the world gathered here in Riyadh, which has become the center of opportunities,” said Jomana Khoj, a 26-year-old animator from Makkah, before the forum wrapped up on Thursday. 

“Thanks, Misk, for helping us, the youth, gather here and connect with other youth from around the world.”

The forum included “Skills Garages,” workshop spaces with whiteboard tables that could be written on during group brainstorms, with sessions on “The Art of Persuasion” and “Landing Your Dream Tech Job.”

Top left: Paintings displayed in a 360-degree fashion. Bottom left: Participants had a chance to learn about every aspect of the Misk Foundation’s work. Right: Young people exploring their skills, potential and passions during workshops.

The workshop spaces served as a hub for visitors from North America, Africa, Asia and Europe, with many attendees commending the amount of innovation the forum provided. 

“I feel this year’s content is well chosen,” said Faisal Al-Sudairy, a 24-year-old participant. “We really need to prepare ourselves for the future, especially in this fast-changing era, and to know more about what skills we should acquire.”

The workshops catered to developing youths’ skills for the future economy. More than 3,500 delegates received insights from more than 50 speakers from around the world. 

It was the third annual forum organized by the Misk Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded in 2011 by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  

In the main hall, called the “Skills Factory,” Thursday’s opening session included a speech by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi, the UAE’s minister of state for higher education and advanced skills.

“Misk Majlis,” another designated area, provided a relaxed and informal setting that focused on helping delegates build their personal brands. Traditional floor cushions and couches represented traditional Arab social gatherings. 

In the majlis, Misk Innovation held a talk to publicize its new brand and partnership with the Silicon Valley venture capital firm 500 Startups. 

The accelerator program for tech startups in the Middle East and North Africa will last 16 weeks starting from Jan. 27, 2019. Applications close on Dec. 15.

The Misk Art area introduced visitors to works by many renowned Saudi artists, such as Taha Sabban and Safia bin Zager. 

The vibrant hall displayed a large image of a sophisticated woman from Hijaz wearing the traditional Hijazi headdress and sitting on a beautiful ornamental wooden chair well known in the Saudi region. The image provided a transcendence between the past and present.

The Misk Art Institute had a unique section at the forum that was divided into two rooms. One was to showcase paintings and drawings of four pioneering Saudi artists. 

The other room had huge LED screens that gave people a 360-degree experience. The screens displayed paintings in an interactive way and synchronized with tailored music.

The halls were lined with inspirational quotes and the faces of well-known figures. It should come as no surprise that the most popular one was of Misk’s founder, with delegates taking selfies alongside the crown prince’s smiling face.