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Pride of Kashmir: Meet Abida Rashid a self taught Islamic Calligrapher from Zainakote

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5 Dec 2020

Growing in an orthodox locality where some professions are cherished while many are destined to dustbins. Well, my name, Aabida Rashid doesn’t linger any story I started to create one. I m a self taught callgrapher from Kashmir valley (Hmt zainakote Srinagar) , because I have never been to any institution I learned it all by myself.

Islamic Calligraphy has always fascinated me but being a medical student didn’t get enough time for this but this pandemic came as both boon and bane and I realise that I m blessed with this art of Calligraphy then I started my journey in calligraphy during lockdown , when there was laziness all around, lockdown aided me with more time to Improve my skills I began to devote most of my time towards this art.From school days I used to participate in all local competitions and won many of them , No doubt it is a beginning but I want to do it for my life now ,I m now trying to master in this field ,having innate tendency towards this I am working hard to get proficiency in this , it is more than a hobby for me ,I don’t feel alone in the shadow of this art, it is the medicine for all my bad moods, I find calm in this , for me it is an effective way to communicate and pass a message in a beautiful way , it is the music not for the ears but for the eyes , a best way to deal with stress. Moreover I believe that an artist should be given an opportunity to prove his/her mettle, everybody is genius, society should appreciate this kind of talent, I want audience both to appreciate as well as prune every artist, it must not be abhorred ,art or profession should give pleasure hence,it becomes worship.

Now eventually people have begun to appreciate my work and are giving positive response which keeps me going, first I used to kept my artwork to myself but now I have started taking orders (Alhumdulilah)
Besides Calligraphy (Arabic Kufic Gothic) drawing and painting also gives me joy n peace

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