Hanif Kureshi x Shiva Nallaperumal
The idea is to work on an endangered script and bring it alive through a new medium. In this case, we have worked on the script called Saurashtra. The Saurashtra language of Tamil Nadu is written in its own script. In contrast, the inhabitants of Saurashtra utilise the Gujarati script. Because this is a minority language not taught in schools, people learn to write in Saurashtra script through voluntary organisations such as the Sourashtra Vidya Peetam, Madurai.
Saurashtra refers to both the language and its speakers; Saurashtra is also an area in Gujarat, India which was the home of the Saurashtra community prior to their southward migration. Vrajlal Sapovadia describes the Saurashtra language as a hybrid of Gujarati, Marathi and Tamil.
Hanif is a multidisciplinary artist and designer living and working in New Delhi, India. His work is focused on the intersection of art, typography and street culture. He is a creative director and co-founder of St+art India Foundation, which aims to make art accessible to a larger audience by making permanent art districts in major Indian cities.
His ongoing project, handpaintedtype.com, attempts to conserve and archive the vernacular street typography of India. His work has been exhibited at the London Design Biennale, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou Paris and Triennale Design Museum, Milan, among others.
Shiva is a graphic designer, type designer and illustrator from Chennai, India. A graduate from DJAD, Coimbatore, Shiva is also the youngest Indian recipient of the SOTA (The Society of Typographic Aficionados) Catalyst Award. The prize recognises individuals, 25 years or under, who demonstrate significant achievement in the field of typography. His thesis project at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), USA, where he designed four typefaces, won him this honour in 2015.
In 2016, he began his independent practice, November. His work follows a research led, process driven work ethic to bring meaningful solutions to design problems. Shiva’s practice has focused on identity systems, publication and exhibition design, custom typefaces and interactive design.
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