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Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:14

The head of the policymaking council for the ECO Calligraphy Festival in Tajikistan, Gholamhossein Amirkhani, is convinced that the festival can reinforce the deep roots of calligraphy in the ECO member states.

Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe will be hosting the ECO Calligraphy Festival running from October 13 to 27. In a press conference held here on Tuesday, veteran calligrapher Amirkhani elaborated on the programs of the festival.

All the nations can reach a common language and unity through art, but this requires good programming, he said. “We have some commonalities with neighboring countries in calligraphy but we have not been in close collaboration with one another over the past few years. However, we share deep roots in calligraphy and this festival can help reinforce them,” he explained. He also added that Iranian judges have helped higher quality works find their way to the festival.

“One of the main reasons for the progress observed in Iranian calligraphy is the expertise shown by juries at festivals and competitions.” ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) director Hojjatollah Ayyubi, also present at the session, gave some details about the festival.

Iran is taking part in the festival with 200 calligraphy works, the greatest number of works. Turkey comes next with 20, Afghanistan 13, and Pakistan 11. Syria is also bringing 9 works,” Ayyubi said. “We are determined to take the exhibit to several other countries. Georgia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan are willing to host the exhibit.

In each country, we will focus on a particular literary figure dominating that specific region. For example, most of the works of art going on show in Tajikistan center on the poetry of Rudaki. Born in the village of Rudak (Panjrud) in Khorasan, now located in present-day Tajikistan, Rudaki (858 - ca. 941) was the first great literary genius of the modern Persian language who composed poetry in “New Persian,” which is written in the Perso-Arabic alphabet script. Ayyubi also stated that workshops and meetings with masters are arranged on the side section of the program.

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