The International Buddhist Confederation organized a unique Calligraphy exhibition and talk featuring
Buddhist Bhoti and Islamic Calligraphy in August 2014 to highlight creativity as the highest form of spirituality at the India, International Centre, New Delhi.
The exhibition titled, ‘Divinity in Syllables’ featured works of the two foremost calligraphers of our times, Jamyang Dorjee (Bhoti) from Sikkim and Anis Siddiqui (Urdu) from Delhi. Their works brought out the history and spiritual links of this art form cutting across different cultures.
Promoting inter-faith understanding is among the prime focus areas of the IBC. In keeping with the above theme, the IBC brought together the sublime unity of this divine thought in the exhibition. Islamic calligraphy evolved as an artistic form of reverence, and it was through the art of writing that the Holy Quran, the word of God as revealed in revelations to Prophet Mohammad, was recorded and disseminated to the humanity. Through the centuries it has been continuously refined and imaginatively embellished to become the most recognizable visual form of Islamic art.
Buddhist calligraphy too had its roots in the dissemination of the teachings of the Buddha dharma. It evolved as an
integral and independent art form along with other forms of Buddhist art such as a very rich iconography as exemplified by its murals, frescos, thangkas and sculptures. The Buddhist calligraphy on display was in Bhoti language which has its roots in the Gupta, Sanskrit and Brahmi script of the shared Indic culture.
The art of calligraphy has been integral to the dissemination of Buddha’s teaching and is also a proof of the richness of the Bhoti language.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The
Guests of Honour were His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Supreme head, Karma Kagyu tradition, Maulana Dr. Mufti Mohd Mukarram Ahmed, Shahi Imam, Masjid Fatehpuri, Delhi, Most Ven.
Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Chancellor, Sanchi University of Buddhist and Indic Studies, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Shahid Siddiqui and Prof. Farida Abdulla Khan, Member, National Commission for Minorities.