In this episode, we talk to Irena Akbar on Islamic Calligraphy and her experiences founding and running her company Baradari House of Arts & Crafts based in Lucknow.

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Show Notes:

We discuss

  • Roots of Islamic Calligraphy
  • Distinct Style of Islamic Calligraphy in India
  • Current State of the Art and how it is adapting to modern technology and tastes
  • Experiences running Baradari Arts
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3 comments on “Episode 4: Irena Akbar on Islamic Calligraphy Today

  1. Mohammad Faraz Majeed May 5, 2020

    Congrats, Masha’Allah

  2. Sheeba Aslam Fehmi May 5, 2020

    I am one of the early buyers and admirer of her creations and can review her modern ‘Tugras’ as apart from beautiful and classical but also durable and sturdy for the Indian climatic conditions. They are in various forms of calligraphy or as we say in Persian ‘Khushkhati’, suitable for various ambience be it formal, workplace, drawing room, institutional and of course spiritual spaces.
    Also, that she is the pioneer of this art and craft In India.
    Thanks for creating the beauty around…
    Best wishes,
    Sheeba Aslam Fehmi

  3. Abdul Mujeeb May 6, 2020

    Resourceful talk.