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Qamar Dagar

  • Qamar Dagar belongs to a family of renowned classical musicians of India, the Dagar Brothers and apart from English, the languages she grew with were Hindi and Urdu. Hazrat Amir Abdullah Khan her spiritual and Calligraphy guide inspired her to follow her ambition. After her graduation in sociology from University of Delhi that helped her to be sensitive to the aspects of other cultures, she travelled to Europe as an accompanying musician with her family. With Urdu spoken at home , she kept hearing the music compositions in Sanskrit and Hindi/Braj-Bhasha, thus she developed a fascination for the richness of those Indian languages. Her guru encouraged her to follow her heart and enhance her skills. Since the early nineties she works in Hindi and Urdu scripts using alphabets/letters as art material givingvisual interpretation to a chosen theme.

    She has exhibited in: First Exhibition at The Attic, New Delhi; The Sacred Arts Festival, Delhi; Sufi Rang Festival, Ajmer Sharif; Qalam-Aatma, India International Centre, Delhi; Teen Murti Bhavan, lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi (Group show organized by Urdu Council, Delhi; MF Hussain Art Gallery, Delhi; Qalam-Aatma, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. International Sufi Festival in Ajmer and Delhi. AKSHARA at India Habitat Centre, Delhi, at Prince of Wales Museum in Bombay and UNESCO House, Paris, ONE ASIA Project in Delhi, Auroville and Taiwan, The Inner Path Buddhist Festival, Delhi. Workshops : Virasat Festivals (SPIC-MACAY) in Roorkee, Delhi & Mumbai.

    Her works are in private collections of people in India, US and Europe. Most recently in the private collection of the King of Bhutan, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and also the former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. She represented India at International Calligraphy Festival in Iran. She is regular Project participant of Russia based MVK Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy, Moscow (www.calligraphy.mvk.ru/en).

    Her pictorial calligraphy works are also at MOSA (Museum of Spiritual Art) Belgium (2014). They were part of Group exhibitions organized by MOSA titled “ Forms of Devotion” at Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, and in Shanghai, China in 2015. She has received Women’s International Network award (2012). As founder Director of Qalamkaari Creative Calligraphy Trust (2011), Delhi, she has organized and curated International Calligraphy festivals in Delhi and Jaipur. She is committed to working towards making creative and traditional calligraphy known the world over as an important visual art and as a new platform bringing unity and diversity. A diehard fan of all fine and visual arts, she tries to integrate the elements of music and visual art through her pictorial contemporary calligraphy ork. Her own interpretation of words, themes, expressions and even poetry get reflected in her creations.

    She lives and works in Delhi.

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