Museum curator Mojtaba Aqaii made the opening speech and said, "There always has been a lack of such workshops. We intend to introduce people to the elegies produced at the workshop and help them find their rightful position in society.
"Afterwards, the works will be later displayed at the museum. We will also provide the facility for more activities of this kind in collaboration with the Tehran Municipality's Art and Culture Organization," he remarked.
According to MNA, Amirkhani was next who continued, "Our people were always interested in freedom and liberty and that's why they were the followers of Imam Hussein (AS) who was the symbol of freedom."
Imam Hussein (AS) was martyred on the 10th of the Islamic month of Moharram and the poetry used during Moharram, like those by Mohtasham Kashani, are symbolic of Iranian mourning.
Amirkhani later pointed to the history of manuscripts in Iranian calligraphy and remarked that it developed during the Timurid era where the Nastaliq style of calligraphy came into being.
Majid Sarsangi, head of Tehran Municipality's Art and Culture Organization expressed his satisfaction on holding such a workshop and said, "I am pleased that with the assistance of master Ali Shirazi and the group of artists, the culture of Ashura is being promoted through the arts of calligraphy and illustration."
The workshop is arranged to revive the ancient tradition of composing elegies and to show and explain them to visitors. A team of master illustrators decorates the elegies and will enscribe them on posters or pieces of cloth. All the paper and ink used for the workshop is handmade.
The artists will produce 100 works during the 4-day workshop that will later go on display at the museum, which is located on Esfandiar Blvd., near the intersection with Vali-e Asr Ave. in northern Tehran.