Srinagar, July 16: Abida Rashid, a 20-year-old self-taught artist from HMT Srinagar is winning hearts of the people with her calligraphy work, which she posts on social media platforms.
Abidais a 2nd-year B.Scstudent, developed her interest in calligraphy during the period of lockdown. She said that young people are showing an interest in this art and she wanted to take this art forward.
She started her journey by doing Arabic calligraphy in 2020. In between her busy schedule as a student of science at Amar Singh College Srinagar, she finds time to portray the beauty of thoughts into art. A self-taught calligrapher, her initial days were quite difficult. But with time, her work got mature, and she is now able to do them faster and with perfect strokes .
Speaking to Rising Kashmir, the young calligraphy artist said, "I do Arabic calligraphy, focusing particularly on Arabic fonts, which come in different designs." I also do calligraphy in English."
She maintained, "I would like to say to all the people to show their talent, as extracurricular activities are equally important as academic studies and other work. I also request all the parents to support their children so that they can be recognized in various fields. "
Like any creative career path, starting a career in calligraphy can be difficult at first, but it can also be extremely rewarding. If you’re fond of artwork and enjoy penning letters and writing by hand, then you’ll find a lot to like in calligraphy.
Not only will you get a chance to exercise your passion for writing and spread your creative wings, but you’ll also be getting paid for the privilege of contributing truly unique work that will live on for years and years to come.
I have attended many events, workshops, and exhibitions where I have been awarded. In addition, I am an awardee of the prestigious 1000 Women of Asia Awards by Women Innovators.
These awards are meant for nothing, but they help you to remain more focused and dedicated to your work.
"Once I started practicing calligraphy, I felt calm and at ease, and ever since then, I have spent one to two hours per day doing calligraphy work."
Islamic calligraphy, according to Abida, is more than just a hobby and a love for her; rather, it provides her energy and doesn't interfere with her academics.
So far, I have sold about 100 pieces of Islamic calligraphy, with prices ranging from Rs 550 to Rs 2000 per piece. "I only produce anything now when people order it," she stated.
According to Abida, young people in J & K have a lot of skills, but it's important to guide them appropriately toward their goals. Young people must work hard and be persistent in order to accomplish their goals.
If you’re confident that calligraphy is for you and you can picture yourself deriving a lot of satisfaction from it as a career, it’s important to be prepared to work hard. Even for skilled artists and people who are good with their hands, calligraphy takes a great deal of patience and practice.
In order to make it as a calligrapher, you’ll need to practice over and over again and be willing to put in a great deal of time and focus before you can reap the rewards of a successful career, maintained.