Structural Analysis of Practical Gujarati Calligraphy

Session 1

Thursday, 30 September 2021

9:30 AM CST – 10:00 AM CST



  • English
The focus of this talk will be on the structure of Gujarati calligraphy. The Gujarati is one of the official and local languages of India. The state of Gujarat is located on the West side of India. This script was used in writing accounts by traditional accountants (Munim), so they used to write very fast and with all connected letters without lifting of the pen. The Gujarati calligraphy has distinct strokes to form the letter like vertical stroke, horizontal stroke, curved stroke, circle, ellipse, loop, knot, point, etc. This script has a 3-tire system. The top part is for Matras, the Middle part is for the Consonant or vowels and the bottom is for the Harswa sign. Another interesting formal aspect of the Gujarati script is conjunct form. These joint letters help to make the writing of Gujarati very compact. The compactness of such joint letter-forms makes the pronunciation perfect and precise and any trained reader or speaker will never commit an error in pronunciation of recognition. From this talk one can learn about the structure of the Gujarati calligraphy letterforms, the influence of the writing method on structure, construction of letterforms through structure and system of writing.
  • Bhagat

    Hiral Bhagat


    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.

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