A well-known face in the field of calligraphy, Achyut Palav has many credits to his name. He has held calligraphy exhibitions in famous galleries across the world and people look forward to his workshops.
This talented artist, who has been a Navi Mumbaikar for 23 years now, aims to share his experience and expertise with fellow residents.
A resident of Artist Colony, Palav feels that those who abandoned the place have missed out on lot of positives. “Like the whole of Navi Mumbai, this place has seen immense development. But, artists in Artist Colony are very few as many original residents miscalculated its worth and left.
Today, a property that was available for Rs1.5 lakh has appreciated to around Rs90 lakh and there is no dearth of facilities here,” he says.
His greatest achievement is that he has been able to establish the Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy that is located in Vashi. “There is nothing worthwhile than sharing your knowledge in a particular field with interested learners. I started the school three years ago with the motto of spreading awareness about this unique art and have dedicated space and resources to teach,” he explains adding, “It is very satisfying to see students coming from all over India. Many are 40 years of age, including women who come to pass their free time doing something constructive.
Interior designers and architects are learning calligraphy to use it in their field of work.”
He recently published a book titled The World of Calligraphy that is a compilation of the work of his students and features unique ideas of calligraphy that have been shown in his workshops.
He asserts that calligraphy is enterprising like any other art, as without this factor any knowledge is of little use today. “You can jazz up a t-shirt with a message or thought written in a calligraphic style and sell it. I conduct the umbrella workshop, wherein participants decorate an umbrella using calligraphic strokes, to spread the same message. Creating logos and paintings are also an option.”
However, your work should speak for itself. “You should not wait for an opportunity to knock your door. If you are confident that your work is good, then when you approach people nothing will stop them from buying it,” he says.
And, although Navi Mumbaikars have an inclination for art, he feels they should take more initiatives. “Many people tell me that although they would like to learn, they are no good at this sort of thing. This attitude should change because calligraphy is an art that anyone can master with the right kind of approach and practice.”
And, this Navi Mumbaikar who is passionate about his art feels it is high time an art gallery is opened in the city. “Why should we always go to Mumbai in look for galleries. So, I have spoken to the municipal corporation and Cidco authorities who have promised to expedite the process of establishing an art gallery in Vashi,” he says with content.
With his artistic brain that is brimming with beautiful ideas, Palav feels that although the city’s greenery is an attraction in itself, something should add to it. “The highway from Vashi to Panvel can have hoardings that are filled with artistically shot photographs that show the city’s specialities. It will not only increase the beauty of the city, but people coming from other cities can be made aware of the city’s characteristic features,” he concludes.
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