I created the following composition for Typography Day 2012, which will be organised this year at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) with support from India Design Association (InDeAs) and Aksharaya. The brief for this year’s competition was to design a poster or composition expressing your favourite word in your mother script.
I thus decided to use the Devanagari script to create the word ‘Nirvaan’.
“Where there is nothing; where naught is grasped,
there is the Isle of No-Beyond. Nirvāna do I call it—the
utter extinction of aging and dying.”
Nirvana is liberation – from the untruth, the ﬁnite, the
body. The calligraphic expression, inspired by the
words of Gautama Buddha and the free ﬂowing
rhythm of the Divine, explores Nirvana through the
hues of dusk that dance gently over shut eyes,
bringing with them a surge of awakening. Also, while
each akshar derives inspiration from the roots of the
Bodhi tree of Enlightenment; together, every
independent being merges to form the Lotus of the
soul’s progress. The pink lotuses intertwined with the
roots of salvation are religiously symbolic of the
Buddha himself, coiled amongst the roots in deep
meditation. In its exploration, the composition
subsequently evolves into a free ﬂowing expression of
the spiritual process as a whole.