Divinity In Syllables – Exhibition of Buddhist Bhoti

Sat, 9 Aug 2014
An Exhibition of Buddhist Bhoti and Islamic Calligraphy

Jamyang Dorjee
Janab Anis Siddiqui

Artist talk on 11th August 2014

Art Gallery, IIC Annex.
Lodi Road, New Delhi , NCT , india

Curator: Kshipra Simon.



Presented by

International Buddhist Confederation- IBC
In collaboration with India International Centre- IIC

Inauguration on 8th August 2014 at 6:00pm

On public view:

9th August – 16th August 2014

The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) is a Buddhist umbrella body that serves as a common platform for Buddhists worldwide. It currently has more than 300 organizations in 39 countries comprising both monastic and lay, bodies.

Headquartered in New Delhi, IBC is the outcome of the historic Global Buddhist Congregation held in Nov 2011 in New Delhi wherein 900 delegates from world over representing the entire Buddhist world resolved to form an umbrella Buddhist world body based in India the land of Buddha’s enlightened awakening and origins of Buddha dharma. The leadership of IBC comprises the supreme religious Buddhist hierarchy of all traditions and countries including H.H the Dalai Lama as one of the patrons.

As per its motto ”Collective Wisdom, United Voice” IBC provides a common platform to all followers of the Buddha Dharma worldwide to address issues that are of both Buddhist and global concerns.

Promoting Inter-faith understanding is among the core agenda of IBC and it endeavors to promote the universal nature of basic goodness of all religions, interdependence and universal responsibilities.

In keeping with the above theme the IBC in collaboration with India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi bring together the sublime unity of this divine thought through an exhibition of Buddhist and Islamic Calligraphy. The exhibition is titled Divinity in Syllables and works of two of the foremost calligraphers of our times Jamyang Dorjee from Sikkim and Anis Siddiqui from Delhi are being displayed..

Islamic calligraphy evolved as an artistic form of reverence for 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 very rich iconography as exemplified by its murals, frescos, thangkas and sculptures. The Buddhist calligraphy on display in the exhibition is 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.

Together Buddhist and Islamic calligraphy epitomize as true repository of the ancient wisdom and message of the divine for the benefit of the mankind and all sentient beings. This exhibition is a step towards initiating an understanding through a common artistic expression.


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