Titled 'Building Bridges Of Love - Sulh-E-Kul - Peace To All', the expo covers eras of Khatamkari works, Minakari arts, Persian calligraphy, art photography and paintings and miniatures.

It has been organised at the Cosmic Art Gallery in collaboration with Ajmer's Chishty Foundation and Mumbai's Iran Culture House.

"This is a rare expo, spanning the seven centuries-old Khatamkari works, or metal craftsmanship which is delicate and meticulous marquetry, with star-shaped incrustation patterns, and highlighted by thin sticks of different types of woods and camel bones, and other displays," said Jalpa Vithalani, a cosmic healer and director of south Mumbai's Cosmic Art Gallery.

At one time, it was so popular that princes and princesses learnt Khatamkari techniques like they learnt music or painting. Over seven centuries old, it is still perennial in Iran's Shiraz and Isfahan areas.

Also on display is Persian calligraphy, with the 35 letters of the ancient Iranian alphabet which was artistically expressed on animal skins, or adorning works of pottery, metallic vessels and historic buildings.

The collection of renowned Teheran calligrapher Bahadur Baghri on display are beautiful and simple with each painting carrying the universal verses/messages which touch the viewers' souls.

An important component of the exhibition is a special photo feature by Chishty Foundation Director Haji Syed Salman Chishty entitled 'Journey to Iran Zameen' with some striking images of Iran, its people, its culture, arts and history.

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