The Delhi’s calligrapher brigade used to be a highly respected community with more than ample amount of work coming their way. A true form of art that has a long history of it's popular existence in literature ever since the medieval times. What used be the hub for India’s calligraphers is now a dwindling community on the brink of demise. In this world of digital art and 3D printing, Project Kitabat by Enactus NSUT is an initiative to bring us closer to the beautiful world of Old Delhi’s Urdu and Arabic Calligraphy. It is an effort in not just reviving Calligraphy as an artform, but also making it relevant for today.
We have developed a two component business model to run this project .The first aims to increase the revenue of the people who are currently practicing kitabat professionally. We do this by setting up stalls at various universities and other cultural festivals across the city, online sales and door to door sales as well. The second component of this project aims to encourage new people to learn and appreciate this art form. This is achieved by conducting various paid and unpaid workshops across the country, collaborating with various government organisations and NGO's. Currently, we are in collaboration with Purani Dilli Walon Ki Baatein- an NGO that aims to preserve Old Delhi's rich Culture.
Our project since it's inception in August 2018 has got recognition from various big media houses such as The Times of India,TRT World, Doordarshan etc. Many notable personalities like PM Modi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and CM Kejriwal also appreciated us for our work . We have also received appreciations from international calligraphers including Qamar Dagar who is our project mentor. Over the span of one year, we've successfully impacted the lives of 5 Katibs and scores of people who were a part of our workshops or associated with us in any other way. We wish to continue with the good work and achieve our vision of bringing back Kitabat into the mainstream.