In this workshop, beginners and enthusiasts will be practicing the basics of the Devanagari script, starting with practicing basic strokes and creating Devanagari letter forms. The workshop focuses on understanding the tool and medium—how does the tool direct the form of the letter in calligraphy? The workshop will also look at space, balance and harmony created with these black-and-white forms. Along with the practice of Devanagari calligraphy, we will also look at calligraphy from Jain manuscripts which is stylistically distinct. Looking primarily at the Jain style and its distinct features within the Devanagari calligraphy style, the workshop will address the following questions: how does the scribe’s hand influence a particular style? What are the ways to analyse the stroke and recreate the style? There will also be a brief overview of the Jain Devanagari style from manuscripts and current practices of manuscript writing.


This workshop is free.

Event Partner

Atta Galatta

Pradnya Naik
Pradnya Naik is an Indic type designer, typographer and calligrapher from Mumbai and is currently based in Bangalore. She graduated from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, in 2009. After pursuing her post-graduation from the Type and Media course at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, Netherlands in 2012, Pradnya has been involved in teaching calligraphy, typography and visual design at various design schools in India. Currently, she is teaching faculty at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, practicing in the area of Indic letterform design. Her graduation thesis project, Lehiya Devanagari, led her to learn more about Jain Devanagari calligraphy styles. Pradnya is fascinated by Indian letterforms, their printing history, calligraphy studies from manuscripts and current type technologies.