Video: Esrafil Shirchi's Workshop at Dubai Calligraphy Biennale
Shirchi's lecture took place at the Etihad Museum, which also has a presentation of one of his most recent creations for the Dubai Calligraphy Biennale.
ArtDayME: The first Dubai Calligraphy daily holding of dozens of workshops throughout the city is one of its most vibrant aspects. Esrafil Shirchi, a renowned Iranian calligrapher most known for his broken Nastaliqs, taught one of the courses.
Shirchi's lecture took place at the Etihad Museum, which also has a presentation of one of his most recent creations for the Dubai Calligraphy Biennale. There were other artistic figures in the show as well.
Shirchi complimented the establishing of the event and the honorable artistic trend at the start of the workshop. "Throughout last thirty years, the emotional view of the Sheikhs of Dubai and the UAE has laid the foundation for the growth of art and culture," he remarked, adding that he have made great friends from all over the world because to the strategy, including Egypt, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and of course the UAE.
He went on to say: "I'm from a country with an eight- to nine-thousand-year history where calligraphy has its roots, the land of Hafez, Rumi, and Ferdowsi. Broken Nastaliq is a rhythmic, musical calligraphy style used by Iranians that blends well with traditional Iranian poetry and architecture. Due to its dance and liberty, this calligraphy technique has gained widespread recognition throughout the world."
Shirchi addressed the level of innovation in calligraphy while writing calligraphy and responding to audience questions, saying that "According to Mohammad Al Murr, a famous poet and artist from the United Arab Emirates, one who gets ijtihad in calligraphy may innovate, but this should be handled very carefully because calligraphy has such deep-seated roots."