Calligraphy – a decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering
“It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skilful manner” defines Wikipedia.
Though these days calligraphy is also done by felt pens, ballpoint pens etc. but some unique traditional forms still require the old tools like the Gothic script, which need a stub nib pen only. Other devices are Dip pens, INK brush, Qalam and fountain pen.
Some institutes offering training are the following:
- Handwriting School of India, Bangalore
- Rajmudra Design Institute (RDA), Pune
- Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
- Natraj Academy of Fine art and Animation, Pune
- Akshargandh Calligraphy Institute, Thane
- New Learning Horizons, Nagpur
- Kala Ashram, Indore
- Calligraphy India, Dwaraka, New Delhi
- Vikrant Karia Institute of Art, Mumbai
- Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy, Mumbai
With advancing technology and increased use of computers, Calligraphy seems to be becoming more popular day by day. It is fast growing an essential part of areas like design, typography and graphics. Successful attempts are being made to join calligraphy with other fields like fashion designing and interior decoration. The most paying employers for calligraphers are the insurance sectors. Freshers can hope to start with Rs.15,000/- to Rs.20,000/- per month. If you have an artistic bent of mind and a way with colours you can become a leader on the Calligraphy scene.
Private endeavours for calligrapher is very paying, they work on a contract basis and demand handsome remunerations. Big agencies employ their calligraphers and pay them handsomely. The alphabetic study, the study of cursive style, freehand cursive writing etc. are the various styles. Greeting card companies and wedding card companies are the biggest employers of Calligraphers. Their main job is to make beautiful cards which will be accepted by the clients and admired by their guests. As their product is always on display their clientele increases a lot by word to mouth recommendations, so they should build good relations with his client. Calligraphers are required to make greeting cards, personal visiting cards, a small poster which are kept on the dining tables, decorative menus, party invitations, etc. These days’ modern event management companies to have vacancies for Calligraphers. Schools to require calligraphers on a contractual basis to decorate their classrooms and make posters during school functions like sports and cultural programmes fetes etc.
So if you have an artistic bent of mind and a flair for beautiful writing then go for this profession.