Ostad Gholam Hossein Amirkhani
The great master of Persian calligraphy Ostad Gholam Hossein Amirkhani
Since my tonbak master, Ostad Nasser Farhangfar, was a calligrapher, I have been always curious about this beautiful Persian art form. For this reason, once I went to the office of the Society of Iranian Calligraphists in Tehran to see Ostad Gholam Hossein Amirkhani, one of the greatest masters of Persian calligraphy. I also took my tonbak to perform for him if possible. I asked if Ostad Amikhani had some time to listen to my music. Ostad Amirkhani and the other members of the Supreme Council for the Society listened to me while I played a private concert for them. Then, one of the members of the Court asked Ostad Amirkhani if they had permission to dedicate the book of Ostad Amirkhani to me. He agreed and signed the book for me! What a great honor! Therefore, I decided to translate the biography of Ostad Amikhani from Persian to English and publish it here:
The Biography of Ostad Gholam Hossein Amirkhani
Ostad Gholam Hossein Amirkhani was born in 1939, Taleghan city, Iran. He learned calligraphy from the great experts and masters of calligraphy such as Ostad Seyyed Hossein Mirkhani and Ostad Seyyed Hassan Mirkhani. He has been the head of the Supreme Council of the Society of Iranian Calligraphers since 18 years ago and is presently a member of its Board of Trustees. Furthermore, he has also been teaching and instructing the calligraphers during this period. Moreover, he is a member of the Board of Juries for the world's Calligraphy Competitions under the title of Yakut held in Turkey, and he is the chief member of UNESCO's National Commission of Iran as well. Ostad Amirkhani, this great master of Persian calligraphy, has created many precious calligraphic pieces such as Tarjih-Band by the famous poet of Persia, Hatef Esfahani, Tarkib-Band by the famous poet of Persia, Mohtasham-e-Kashani, Divan-e-Hafez, Sarv-e-Sayeh-Afkan, Tazmin-e-Golchin-e-Saadi, Yad-Name-ye-Kalhor, Ghazaliyat-e-Khaju-ye-Kermani, Adab-al-Khat, Ghaside-ye-Qoraniyeh, and Sahife-ye-Hasti. Ostad Amirkhani, as well as taking part in more than one hundred exhibitions in Iran, has also participated in various exhibitions held in other countries such as England, France, Germany, Turkey, Syria, and Emirates.