Title: 'Calligraphic Approach to Letter-form Exploration'
A workshop by Dr. Santosh Kshirsagar
Faculty Member and Dean of Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai, India

Abstract:   This hands-on workshop will focus on using a Calligraphy as a medium to explore Letter-form design. After an initial introduction to the fundamentals of calligraphy,  the participants will be given exercises that will enable them to open up to new ideas and generate a variety of letter styles.
This workshop is not script specific, participants are free to work with any script of their choice. It does not require any prior experience of Calligraphy and will be beneficial to both beginners and experts in this field.

Materials/ tools to be brought by student participants:
Participants are required to bring their calligraphy tools and ink. Paper will be provided.

About Instructor:

Prof. Santosh Kshirsagar
Dean, Sir J J School of Applied Arts, Mumbai

Dr. Santosh Kshirsagar is a Design Educator and Calligrapher from Mumbai, India. With more than 2 decades of teaching experience , he is the current Dean at Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art. In 2019, he completed his PhD on Handwritting Acquisition in Devanagari script from IDC, IIT Bombay.
He teaches Calligraphy (especially in Devanagari script), Typography and Visual Communication Design. He has conducted several workshops in India and abroad and has given illustrated talks on Indian Calligraphy in Germany, Belgium, London and Japan. His Calligraphic works have been exhibited in Japan with Prof. Mori Kooun, Australia and USA. He has presented his research papers at ICTVC (Cyprus), ATYPAI (Dublin, Ireland), International Graphonomics Society Conference (Japan). He has also designed Typefaces for Microsoft (Window XP) in Gujrati & Oriya scripts.
He is an academic consultant to government  organisations and private institutions in India. He is on the advisory board of Typography Day from 2009. He is one of the Co-Founder's of Aksharaya, a non-profit organisation dedicated to creating awareness about Indian scripts.

Contact details: kshirsagar.santosh@gmail.com