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Azeem Iqbal, the accomplished calligrapher, has not only written the seven-kilometer-long holy Quran but has also presented 32 hand-written copies of the Holy Quran to heads of various countries, marking just a fraction of his remarkable achievements.
Hailing from Mian Chanu, Azeem Iqbal’s journey into calligraphy began during his school days when he mastered the art of writing on the board with ink and pen. Despite belonging to a city with limited exposure to art, Azeem Iqbal’s passion for calligraphy led him to create wooden hardboards as a hobby, inspired by watching calligraphers like Sadiqeen on TV.
Reflecting on his artistic journey, Azeem Iqbal shared, “I engraved the opening verses of the Holy Quran on a hard wooden board during a time when the prevailing themes were science, DNA, and the vastness of space. My efforts gained newspaper coverage, providing me with greater visibility.”
Despite the lack of technical knowledge in calligraphy tools and their names in Mian Chinnu, Azeem Iqbal’s dedication to traditional calligraphy has resulted in approximately 700 of his artworks being recognized worldwide.