Hard work and creativity paid off handsomely for three calligraphers, who were crowned winners of the first virtual khat competition recently organised by Ipoh Parade Shopping Mall in celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The three best calligraphed khat of the phrase “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Ipoh Parade” belonged to Ahmad Abdul Hadi, Muhammad Amir Luqman bin Mad Sofi and Muhammad Azinuddin bin Annuar, who hailed from Selangor, Perak and Sarawak, respectively.
The trio were awarded with hampers worth RM150 each alongside a complimentary 2 Days-1 Night stay in WEIL Hotel worth RM350.
According to Ipoh Parade Advertising & Promotions Assistant Manager, Lim Huey Tyng, the virtual competition was aimed at encouraging people from all walks of life to appreciate the beautiful art form while identifying individuals with talent in khat calligraphy.
“This is the first time Ipoh Parade organised such an event amid the pandemic and we are glad that the competition has garnered positive response from the public. We are also grateful to our sponsors for their generous support and we will definitely be doing a similar kind of event in the future,” said Lim.
Among panel judges invited for the competition were Mohamad Hafizuddin bin Mohamad Rasid and Muhammad Nazmi bin Mohamad Rasid, both of whom hold a Diploma in Mushaf Art from Restu International College. Currently, Hafizuddin serves as a Mushaf writer for Yayasan Restu while Nazmi is attached to his alma mater as a teaching staff.
Contestants were given an hour to produce their respective Khat pieces incorporating Jawi letters that read ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Ipoh Parade’, after which their artworks were judged based on a few criteria including writing style, execution, presentation and creativity.