SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Sunday visited the ongoing exhibition of Islamic art objects and rare Quranic manuscripts being held at Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar these days.
Titled Sheerin Qalam, the five day exhibition (7th-11th June) has been organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) in collaboration with the Directorate of Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Directorate of Tourism, Directorate of Libraries besides some private galleries in the State like Shasvat Art Gallery, Jammu, Peerzada Collections and Hakim Collections, Srinagar.
Minister for Public Works & Culture, Naeem Akhtar briefed the Chief Minister about the artefacts put on display at the exhibition.
A large number of rare documents representing various artistic forms of Quranic Calligraphy and Vellum panels have been displayed in the exhibition. These include a hand written Quranic manuscript of 1300 hijri, Quranic manuscript written during the reign of emperor Jehangir, Quranic manuscript written in gold blended ink, correspondences of the Holy Prophet (SAW), commentary of Holy Quran in local calligraphy by Fataullah Kashmiri of 1237 and other hand written commentaries of the Holy Quran dating back to early times.
Rare manuscript in Tuluth style with walnut wood binding dating back to very ancient times, sharhi Awradi Fatheia compiled in khate Nastaleeq in 1270, Qaseedah Hafiz al Qumri in khate Takh in 1240, gold-illuminated Shajra-Maqadasa of Islam’s prophets, a Quran dated 961 AH which is handwritten on Samarqandi paper and a Persian translation of the Quran by Mir Saeed Andrabi in 1850 are among others rare manuscripts put on display in the exhibition.
The Chief Minister, who is also the President of the Academy, evinced keen interest in the manuscripts put on display and directed taking measure for their proper upkeep and maintenance. She complimented the Cultural Academy for successfully organizing the Ramadhan programmes across the State and also for its efforts to preserve, promote and maintain the cultural leanings of the society.
Mehbooba Mufti appealed people to come forward and donate pieces of art and heritage to the Academy so that the same are preserved for and shared with posterity.
Meanwhile Minister for Agriculture Muhammad Khalil Bandh today visited the mega exhibition of Islamic art objects and rare Quranic manuscripts being showcased at Tourist Reception Center, here on the 4th day.
The 5- day exhibition has been organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in collaboration with the Directorate of Archives, Archeology and Museums, Directorate of Tourism, Directorate of Libraries, INTACH Kashmir Chapter, Shasvat Art Gallery, Peerzada Collection and Hakim collection.
During the exhibition a large number of rare documents showcasing various artistic forms of Quranic Calligraphy and Vellum panels were displayed. Showing keen interest in the rare documents and artifacts, the Agriculture Minister appreciated the exhibits for their tremendous historical value.
Bandh asked the people behind the exhibition to organize such events regularly so that people will remain aware of their rich cultural heritage.
A Humdiya/Naatiya Mushaira was also organized by Pulwama artists during the Minister’s visit.