Taking Devnagri to the world


At an ongoing international meet on calligraphy in San Francisco, there’s a special focus on Indian lettering, especially Devnagri. In November last year, Delhi-based calligrapher Rajeev Kumar was in California on the invitation of the Society for Calligraphy. A picture on Instagram, with him and Joan Bechtel, the society’s president, details how Kumar talked about 11 different Indian calligraphy forms. The artist, who works primarily with Devnagri lettering, had even done a demo to showcase “broad edge Indian calligraphy”, it said. Just over half a year later, three more Indian calligraphers, Achyut Palav, Amol Saraf, and Gori Yusuf Husen, are in California again, this time in San Francisco; earlier this month, the organisers of a two-month-long exhibit called Calligraphies in Conversation, invited them to do demonstrations at the event’s opening ceremony, at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

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