Gujarati is one of the most spoken regional languages of India. This language has its origin from old Indian languages such as Brahmi and Prakrit and the script of the language is derived from Devnagari script. Its roots can also be found in the Jain manuscripts. Essentially it was a script to keep the account and therefore the Gujarati script has very distinguished style. The workshop mainly focuses on the system of writing, alphabets, vowel signs and basic calligraphy strokes. The angle of the nib is exactly opposite to the Latin script. The workshop will encourage the use of traditional Kitta (Reed/Bamboo pen) for writing, which will give authentic feel to the letters. It will begin with traditional Gujarati Calligraphy and take a look into modern world. There are special characters and symbols such as conjectures in Gujarati script, which are interesting to learn and explore. Gujarati language is written exactly as we speak so there is a relationship between letterform and its sound. With the practical of the calligraphy, there will be interesting narratives about script and its history
Hiral Bhagat has done five years diploma in Applied Art from C.N. College of fine arts. After finishing her diploma she worked for several graphic design firms in Ahmedabad and Mumbai. She has inclination towards calligraphy from her college days and later she got an opportunity to learn calligraphy in Mumbai. During her training period she had participated in various workshops, demonstrations and calligraphy group exhibitions at Mumbai.
While doing so, she realised to do calligraphy in her own mother tongue. She is exploring Gujarati Calligraphy by her own. Now, her goal is to take Gujarati calligraphy to international level as well as on national and regional level by exploring various aspects of language. Her keen interest is to look at calligraphy as art form rather than just writing form. Her work has selected at various national and international exhibitions and events.