Calligraphy, the art of decorative handwriting, gets a new lease of life thanks to coming together of an amateur in Domkuri Dayakar and an aficionado in Sunil Masade in Adilabad. The latter, who is Adilabad Tahsildar, was impressed enough by the beauty of young Dayakar's handwriting to appoint him as a temporary section writer in his office.
The certificates related to caste, income and residence being issued from Adilabad Tahsildar's office at present no more look as drab documents. These papers sport a rather arty look having been handwritten by Dayakar. The dilettante Dayakar, who studied in Telugu medium until graduation, is ignorant about calligraphy as an art. It is therefore remarkable that he has evolved the font on his own in these days of computerised fonts.
The art of fine scripting, both in English and Arabic, had enjoyed considerable significance in the erstwhile Hyderabad State. For example, the degree certificates issued by Osmania University were handwritten by calligraphers.
The older generation of graduates and post-graduates from this premier institution of learning treasure their certificates even now. “The charming alphabets in my degree certificate seem to make it an object of greater value,” observes Mr. Masade as he talks about the fine art.
The Osmania University library perhaps has one of the biggest collections of calligraphed scripts or books. It houses the personal library of Nawab Ali Yawar Jung, a former Vice-Chancellor, which consists of scripts of the rare variety.
Though the flair for this art has diminished to a great extent, a few institutes in Hyderabad continue to offer certificate and diploma courses in calligraphy sometimes coupled with graphic designing. Among others, it is the enthusiasts in such institutes who can ensure the art lives on.