| Aziz Idris |
THE National Seni Khat Jawi (Islamic calligraphy) competition, one of the many activities organised by the Islamic Dakwah Centre, will this year see the introduction of the ‘Impromptu’ category, aside from the popular ‘Contemporary’ category which focuses on the beauty of Islamic calligraphy variations.
Sixty-four participants have signed up for the competition, which carries the theme ‘Dakwah Melalui Keindahan Seni Khat.’
The competition serves as a platform for local talents to commercialise their creative skills and further extend their Islamic calligraphy artwork to the public. Through this, it is hoped the public will better appreciate and understand the meaning behind Islamic calligraphy.
The competition also aims to showcase the possibility of collaboration between government agencies and the private sector, where both are able to meet the competition’s objectives of promoting and supporting Islamic calligraphy as a traditional heritage and art form.
This year, the competition is divided into six categories: Impromptu, Male, Female, Higher Education Institutions, Muslim Converts and Contemporary.
Three experience judges from the relevant bodies under the Islamic Dakwah Centre will assess the entries, and a $2,000 cash prize is up for grabs as the first prize.