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Syrian Calligrapher Muhammad Badawi al-Dirani an icon of Arabic and Islamic calligraphy art

Muhammad Badawi al-Dirani (1894-1967) is a prominent Syrian Calligrapher whose creative artistic works were characterized by a Damascene touch that gained him great reputation among the calligraphers of the Levant.

Iraqi calligrapher Hisham Mohammad al-Baghdadi wrote on al-Dirani’s gravestone that “Badawi al-Dirani mastered the art of Arabic and Islamic calligraphy with a unique charming Damascene style".

Al-Dirani was born to a Syrian family from Darayya in Damascus countryside. He resided in the Damascene neighborhood of al-Midan where he studied Quranic Sciences. He began practicing the art of calligraphy at a young age. He was an excellent student of calligrapher Yusef Rasa, who contributed to the restoration of the Umayyad Mosque after the fire of 1894.  After Rasa’a death, al-Dirani became a student of the Damascene calligrapher Mamdouh al-Sharief. In this period, al-Dirani enhanced his talent and developed his skills in Kufi, Thuluth and Raq’a calligraphy types.

Ministry of Culture announces winners of the State’s Appreciation Prizes for 2020

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The Ministry of Culture has announced the names of the winners of the State’s Appreciation Prizes for the year 2020.

The literature prize went to Dr. Iskandar Luqa, the prominent Syrian writer, while the arts prize went to fine artists Dr. Ihsan Entabi, and the prize of literary criticism, studies and translation went to critic Dr. Wahab Roumieh.

“The prize honors my literary production over the past years. It is a great honor to win this prize under the current circumstances in the country, Dr, Luqa told SANA, stressing that his writings are part of his duty as a citizen who deeply understands the circumstances through which his homeland is passing.

Dr. Iskandar Luqa is a story writer and novelist born in Alexandretta in 1929. He began writing short story at an early age. He obtained a doctorate degree from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon in 1975, and by the end of 2007, he had published forty-five books, including collections of stories, plays and novels. He has several contributions to radio, TV, newspapers and bulletins inside Syria and abroad.  

Writer Issam Hassan: Culture in general experiences a critical situation

The name of the artist, Issam Hassan, has emerged on the Syrian artistic scene as one of the writers whose stories touch the human being, just as his caricatures depict pain and suffering in everyday situations.

Issam Hassan was born in Latakia in 1964 and entered the world of literature as a young man 35 years ago. He has published in several magazines, newspapers, and cultural sites. He has held many exhibitions for his satirical drawings, and has authored several books and cultural activities during the Syrian war.

Plastic artist Laila Razouk .... The essence of her art is Syria's civilizational heritage

For half a century, the plastic artist, Laila Razouk, devoted herself to the realistic school of painting and sculpture by producing works related to the Syrian cultural heritage.

Razouk, who was born and raised in the town of Al-Suqaylabiyah in the countryside of Hama, embodied her work with very clear and prominent details , as she relied on the method of mixing different layers of colour in the painting and on the various materials in the sculpture to present them through a  scenic composition, that narrates chapters from her town's history.

Farid Shankan: a creative Damascene artist who excels in Syrian formation, Shami Arabesque and marble mosaic

The artist, Farid Shankan, was influenced by the civilizational and architectural character of his city, Damascus, as it emerged strongly through his various artistic creations through its temporal and spatial heritage, which represents the heritage of the Syrian city with all its details of lanes, streets, narrow alleys and walls.

Shankan stated to SANA that all art meets in old Damascus, where the art of marble and sculpture meets stone and antique, the shape of water pond stones and their fountains, the Ornamentation and engraving of its ceilings and the walls of alternating colors of its old houses.