President Mamnoon to give away awards to winners of National Calligraphy Competition

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 27 (APP):Week-long “Abdul Majeed Parveen Raqam National Calligraphy Competition and Exhibition” will conclude on Wednesday (Feb 28) with an award ceremony for the
winners of the competition.
President Mamnoon Hussain will be chief guest in the concluding ceremony and give away prizes and certificates to the 18 selected winners of the calligraphy competition.
The National Calligraphy Competition and Exhibition, arranged by National History and Literary Heritage Division (NH&LH), attracted hundreds of art lovers, students and aspiring learners of calligraphic art who visited the exhibition and attended live calligraphy workshops to learn the intricacies of this ancient art.
The competition and exhibition kicked off at a local hotel on February 23 and around 400 calligraphers from far-flung area of the country submitted their art works to the Division for participating in the competition.
Out of 90 shortlisted art works, the final jury, comprising over senior calligraphers, selected 18 art pieces prepared in Nastaleeq, Thuluth and modern style calligraphy who will be awarded in the ceremony.
Three different committees of judges have selected the best art works through adopting a transparent procedure.
Talking to APP on Tuesday, Advisor to Prime Minister on NH&LH, Irfan Siddiqui revealed that consolation prizes will also be given to the special persons and women belonging to the far-flung areas who are contributing in this field.
He said participation of such a huge number of calligraphers from remote areas of the country in the competition reflect their enthusiasm and love for this ancient art.
He said NH&LH Division, since its establishment, has taken several
measures to revive the neglected art of calligraphy which include arrangement of a national and an international calligraphy exhibition last year, establishing first-ever Calligraphy Institute and compilation of Directory of Calligraphers.