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
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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.


Arab coalition in Yemen sets up civilian safe corridors from Hodeidah to Sanaa

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Arab coalition in Yemen sets up civilian safe corridors from Hodeidah to Sanaa

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition fighting in support of the legitimate Yemeni government has established three safe corridors for civilians to travel between the cities of Sanaa and Hodeidah.
Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said on Monday that the corridors between the former capital that was seized by the Houthi militia in 2014 and the country’s biggest port on the Red Sea have been set up in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“The coalition is working with OCHA in Yemen to establish safe humanitarian corridors to help in the delivery of aid... between Hodeidah and Sanaa,” Al-Maliki told reporters.
The coalition aims to open three corridors on different routes between the cities for the transportation of humanitarian aid between 6 am and 6 p.m. daily, Al-Maliki said without specifying a date.

Hodeidah port is a vital lifeline for aid shipments to Yemen, the most impoverished country in the Arab world.
The UN has warned that any major fighting could halt the distribution of food to eight million Yemenis dependent on aid to survive.
Speaking in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Al-Maliki also said an Iranian military vessel has been monitoring international vessels as they pass through the Bab Al-Mandab strait. 
“The Iranian ship ‘Safiz’ is carrying listening devices and military experts,” he said.
“The Iranian regime continues to violate international law and destabilize the security of the region and the world.”