Bob Ross once said, “Talent is a pursued interest, anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do”, which is true in the case of artists, who spends hour after hour, making elegant and smooth strokes over paper. The artist in question is Sanjana Chatlani, calligrapher, and founder of Mumbai’s first boutique calligraphy studio, The Bombay Lettering Company.
"I’ve always been making art, but it was my spirituality that bought me closer to calligraphy." Though he has been a calligraphy artist only for three years, it’s only a matter of time before other calligraphers start citing Salim Khan as one of their influences.
Sirf likna nahi hain” is what the voice over the phone tells me. The voice belongs to Avinash Kharat, one of India's many calligraphers. A lot of people think that it is just writing in a fancy and floral way. For Avinash, it is a vast yet tragically overlooked ocean.
For some people, art is something that they are born with. It is almost as if they are destined to become an artist one day. And for some of those people, it eventually becomes a reality. They get to follow their passion throughout their lives, and such people never wanted to do anything else. However, there are people that run into art, that find it hidden somewhere in their lives. Art slowly seeps into their lives, and before they know, they are sitting with a brush and a paper instead of going to work. Sadhika Gupta falls into the second category. Her best-known skill is her calligraphy and drawing mandala art. She also teaches other people this, traveling to different...