rawalpindi - An exhibition of Islamic art consisting of calligraphy and illumination by Iranian artists Hossain Ali Asfandyar and his daughter Atena Asfandyar was kicked off under auspices of Khana-e-Farhang Iran in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council on Thursday.

PML-N MNA Tahira Aurangzeb, MPA Raja Hanif, cultural counsellor of Embassy of Iran Agha Shahab, DG Khana-e-Farhang Iran, Rawalpindi Ali Aqhanouri and Director RAC Waqar Ahmed inaugurated the exhibition.

The exhibition has been arranged to mark 39th anniversary of Islamic Revolution of Iran.

The artist, Hossain Ali Asfandyar from Farozkoh city of Iran, has done higher diploma in calligraphy. He started his career as calligrapher in 1977.

He participated in more than 60 group exhibitions and held more than 20 individual exhibitions in Tehran and other cities.

Atena Asfandyar is an illuminator, having M.A in Economics Energy. She started learning art in 2012.

Addressing at the inaugural ceremony, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb said that Pakistan and Iran enjoyed exemplary diplomatic relations and both the countries cooperated with each other.

Raja Hanif said that it was good opportunity to see unique art work.

Agha Shahab said that the two countries needed more cooperation for promotion of art and culture.

The exhibition will remain open for general public till February 10.