“I took an online course on Islamic history and culture at Tel Aviv University. One of the chapters dealt with the ancient manuscripts of the Quran. It was so fascinating to see the shapes of letters and I bought myself some calligraphy pens. I copied pages from the old Quran and was intrigued by the look of the script. Little by little, I got my hands on the different styles of Arabic calligraphy. Eventually, I used the same technique for the Tamil letter shapes and started my design business based on it. My journey of learning calligraphy started with my fascination with religion and its heritage,” says Arvind.
There are different types of calligraphy in Arabic calligraphy. “For example, in taliq calligraphy, the words are written in a slightly slanted manner. I take a lot of referrals because of the language barrier. It takes effort to do Arabic calligraphy,” he adds.
Self-taught calligrapher, Bayyinah Fathu Muthu likes to experiment with different styles of calligraphy. “I started to learn calligraphy after my class 12. I learned it by watching calligraphy tutorials. I like to do calligraphy in English and Tamil and it is easier. But Arabic calligraphy n “is not so easy – the script is different and it has a unique style. If you have the basic knowledge of calligraphy, it is easy to learn the strokes. I use special pens to do Arabic calligraphy” , explains Bayyinah, who is doing her degree in medicine and siddha surgery.