The discussion on Indian calligraphy cannot be complete without the mention of Achyut Palav. In a field overpowered by the electronic medium, Achyut Palav has been making significant contribution to bring forth traditional and modern calligraphy to masses. Through his various exhibitions and workshops in India and abroad, he has demonstrated calligraphy in Roman & Devnagari.
This calligrapher and painter, has a vision that has elevated the status of handwriting to an eloquent art form. His letters seek the hidden subtlety, energy and emotions behind words and capture their meaning in an artistic manner. He goes beyond, just putting pen to paper to a form of expression and style. His life’s mission is to give Indian scripts, especially Devnagari the place of honour it deserves.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Achyut Palav graduated from the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art in 1982, specializing in lettering and typography. He has to his credit a thesis on the Modi script, which was later published into a diary. He has learnt from & worked with the eminent calligraphers like Late Shri. R.K.Joshi & Professor Werner Schneider (Germany).
His extensive work ranges from traditional calligraphy to contemporary masterpieces. He is noted for his experiments with textures & medium, blending of scripts & fusing calligraphy with performing arts such as music & dance. He has worked with Pt. Bhavani Shankar (Mridangam), Pt. Jasraj (Vocal- Indian Classical), Rahul Sharma (Santoor), Sunita Rao (Vocal- Playback Singer), Rupak Kulkarni (Flute), Arti Paranjape – Dhanipkar (Dance) & Tanvi Anil Palav to create works inspired by tunes, rhythms, moves and beats.
Achyut Palav has made a mark in fields like advertising, fashion, electronic media, interiors & architectures, events and many more where his works have been adapted. Many a prominent individuals & organizations have his creations in their collection. Two series of his paintings have found a place of prominence & honour in the Stiftung Archives, Germany & most recently the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy, Moscow. His artworks are a part of the archive at Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, near Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. A piece is donated to the Karlgeorg and Maria Hoefer archive at Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor, Offenbach.
He has to his credit prestigious invites & participation in various international events. They include Fachhochschule Wiesbaden (Germany) & Pentiment International Academy (Germany), National Union of Calligraphers & M.V.K. Exhibition Company (Russia), held at the Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture & Architecture, NID, IIT, MIT, ISDI, XIN: ICOGRADA WORLD DESIGN CONGRESS 2009, Dalton Maag, The Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan (London), Sharjah Calligraphy Biennale etc. He was also invited by the Indian Government, to be a part of delegation to Algeria for a social & cultural exchange program & exhibition. His exhibitions titled Surya, Om & Allah, and Silver Calligraphy have been appreciated by art lovers. He has established India’s 1st Calligraphy institute named Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy in 2009.
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