“In the age of digital communication, we’ve forgotten the beauty of writing. Calligraphy, which celebrates writing, must be preserved and promoted,” said Ranjit Patil, Minister of State for Home (Urban), Maharashtra, at the inauguration ceremony of Callifest 2015, which is being organised at Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Sanskrutik Bhavan in Shivajinagar. The inauguration was followed by a live stage performance combining three art forms-music, dance and calligraphy-by world renowned artiste Achyut Palav.
Speaking on the occasion, Patil said, “Writing is a natural instinct to human being. However, while learning to write, one forgets the art of writing. I am thankful to Achyut Palav and Svayambhu Foundation for taking the initiative to preserve this unique culture. Many job opportunities can be created out of calligraphy and this art can be taken to a different level with desire, dedication, determination and direction.”
At the event, Professor Mukund Gokhale was felicitated by Patil for his memorable contribution towards calligraphy, Indian scripts and his detailed work on the printing of Indian scripts through the Institute of Typography. Siddharth Shirole, head of Swayambhu, requested Patil to fill the position of Art Director of Maharashtra.
“The position is vacant for the last 10 years. To honour art, the government must offer the position to an artist. I also request Patil to begin a centre of Lalit Kala Academy in the state which will guide artists and provide them the required platform to pursue their passion,” Shirole said.
Apart from Palav, Japanese calligrapher Jyoti Eri, PMC Commissioner Kunal Kumar and Bombay Art Society vice-president Chitra Mete were present on the occasion. Eri, who was the guest of honor, said, “While calligraphy is both art and science, it brings profound meaning to one’s life; it is a bridge between the physical and spiritual world. You can use it to change yourself and the world,” Eri said.