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India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI - by Ekta Al­reja by Re­wati Rau

Restau­rants that sa­ti­ate more than the ap­petite

The write stuff

Cal­lig­ra­phy is more than good hand­writ­ing, says Har­ish Chan­der, 55, who teaches it like an art form. At his in­sti­tute, Cal­lig­ra­phy In­dia, es­tab­lished in 1995, you can learn to trans­form any writ­ten word into an artis­tic mas­ter­piece. “It’s a craft, which re­quires his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge, a dex­ter­ous hand and a lot of pa­tience,” says Chan­der one of the few pro­fes­sion­als in In­dia who has been prac­tis­ing the art for over 30 years.

PEN PAL The work­shops are open to any­one above eight years and the work­sheets are spe­cially de­signed for th­ese classes. Ac­cord­ing to him, stu­dents need to work with dif­fer­ent pa­pers for dif­fer­ent styles. Chan­der de­signs the chisel- cut nib pens that his stu­dents use. At the two- hour work­shops you learn how to hold the pen at var­i­ous an­gles to cre­ate com­plex lines.

HIS­TORY LES­SON Stu­dents learn how var­i­ous curves in each let­ter re­veals emo­tions, his­to­ries, and cul­tures. Be­gin­ners start with the Zepf Chancery style and progress to Gothic, Ital­ics, Ital­ics cur­sive and Ro­man.

THE CHAL­LENGES “Some par­ents en­rol their chil­dren for th­ese work­shops only to help im­prove their hand­writ­ing,” says Chan­der who teaches them its her­itage value. “Many painters have in­tro­duced cal­lig­ra­phy in their art­work, and a lot of in­ter­est has been gen­er­ated,” adds Chan­der .

COST Rs 2,000 for chil­dren, Rs 2,500 for adults for a three - month work­shop, Once a week

WHERE L- 92 ( first floor), Lalji Shop­ping Com­plex, Mu­nirka; 999345024

Colour coded

There is still hope in case you missed the National Gallery of Mod­ern Art’s an­nual sum­mer paint­ing work­shop for chil­dren. Both adults and chil­dren can still join the NGMA’s Art Sketch Club, held on Sun­days. The art- filled en­vi­rons of the NGMA are abuzz with ac­tiv­ity as white sheets are trans­formed into bright hued art­works by bud­ding artists.

CREATIVE STREAK The classes are di­vided into ju­nior, mid­dle, and se­nior sec­tions. The ju­nior group is gen­er­ally free to use their imag­i­na­tion. They’re nar­rated dif­fer­ent sto­ries and asked to draw char­ac­ters that in­spire them in the story us­ing pen­cil, crayons as well as wa­ter colours. In this group, you can spot the teacher of­ten sur­rounded by a group of noisy chil­dren, all show­ing off their sketches of a house, tree, ap­ple, girl, boy and other such ob­jects in their young world. The se­nior group, aged eight years and above are given mod­els ( both live and ob­jects) and are asked to repli­cate it. All th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties are su­per­vised by se­nior artists.

OPEN CAN­VAS All you need to carry along are brushes, sheets or can­vasses, and a board and colours of your choice. The Sun­day Sketch­ing Club at NGMA is open for all age groups and classes are taught by se­nior artists. COST Rs 500 for one year

WHERE National Gallery of Mod­ern Art, In­dia Gate; 23386111

CHANDRADEEP KUMAR/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

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