New Term starts September/October 2021
Classical Music Program Applications are
accepted throughout the year.

Apply at least three days before the starting date

"Art can speak more profoundly & clearly than the written word...These most tangible & outward manifestations of tradition represent its most subtle, inward & essential realities," Dr. Oludamini Ogunnaike

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ART of The Book

نستعلیق - کتابی مصوری - نقاشی - تذہیب - گرہ سازی 

1A | Calligraphy Nastaleeq Irani | Syed Sajid Naqvi *

1B | Calligraphy Nastaleeq Irani | Shahriar Piroozram

1C | Calligraphy Nastaleeq Lahori | Imdad Ahmed 

2A | Miniature Mughal | Fyza Noon & Danish Baloch 

2B | Miniature Persian* 

3A | Fresco Painting | Naqqash Azmat Ali

3B | Tazhib Persian | Khanum Farinoush

4 | Geometric Patterns | Taimoor K Mumtaz & Danish Baloch

5 | Drawing Miniatures | Michelle Farooqui/Syed Rameez Haider



6A | Proportion in Architecture | Taimoor K Mumtaz*

6B | Muqarnas | Kamil Khan Mumtaz*



7A | Tajweed | Qari Khalid Usman

7B | Maqamaat | Qari Khalid Usman


روایتِ علمِ موسیقی

Vocals &

Instruments (Sitar, Sarangi & Bansuri)

* Asterisk-marked courses are not offered this term.


"Learning art is more than just mastering techniques, it involves mannerisms and discipline (adab) that makes it possible to approach the art. From years of studying with my teacher, I have also learned the philosophy of the art.

The dynamics between a teacher and apprentice, with the respect that’s involved for that relationship and the art as a whole, is very important. "

Behnaz Karjoo

Guidance of Teachers  

The arts teachers are the centre of activity; they set their course outline based on their own journey, knowledge & experience. They are the 'certificates' of completion. In that way, each teacher follows their own method of teaching, for example some may use a coursebook and some may create their own.  


Their guidance is the key to successful, beneficial learning.

Learning & Time

Learning is beyond the fixed class time, duration and course outline. After-class-hours practice, reading and conversations/company of the teacher is a learning essential. 

Online & Premises

Post--Pandemic (March-April 2020), most art courses are a hybrid of online & at premises courses (Lahore).


If the Ustad is based outside-Lahore, then the course is Online only.


The online platform engaged is Zoom and/or Google Classroom/Drive supported by Email/Whatsapp groups.

  • Time differences are worked out if applicants are from different time zones, and adjusted with the class students and teachers in mind. 

  • Reading and reference material, including supporting uploaded class recordings are shared via Email/Google Drive/Whatsapp, or mailed by courier or post.

  • Reminders and intimations of sessions, timings, group meetings, fee payments etc. are shared via a whatsapp group.

  • For online participation, the basic requirements are a laptop/desktop computer, a hands-free, a stable internet connection and a smart phone for setting up an home-art studio.


New Term starts March - April 2021 

To Apply for any Course
Send in Course Title, Applicant Name, Academic Background, Email Address & Whatsapp number on or on 03008493170 with a short paragraph on the reason for applying.
Term Fee-Hadya Submission
Full term fees is to be paid by the 10th of the first month of each Term.
The payment can be made by cash or crossed cheque in the name of the trust 'Baytunur'; or bank-to-bank electronic transfer (only for within Pakistan payments). 
The term fee submission secures the basic infrastructure provided by the Institute. The submission is a participation, a contribution or hadya towards the Institute. The main role of the Institute is providing access to a learning environment where interaction with the teacher is at the centre.
There is no government recognized degree awarded by the Institute. Certificate/Letter of Course Completion can be provided upon request.

Essentials for Art Applicants 

1. Post-Class Mashq/Practice

Mashq-practice is an essential to perfect art, which requires mashq time-scheduling post-fixed-class-time throughout the course.
2. Reading & Research
Reading up on the theoretical discourse & gaining knowledge of the art is another key essential element
3. Patience
The learning process takes time and gradually builds up. Removing a 'fast-track' approach to learning the arts is highly recommended. 
4. Duration
The fixed time duration for any course is there for structural convenience. There are structural tiers - Basic, Advanced or Level 1, 2,3 - within each art subject. However, a good foundational command of the art usually takes at least one year of consistent learning with the teacher. 
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Art Course Details


Started Wed, 11 Nov 2020

Level 2 Applicants can apply at any time to join the class


DETAILS LEVEL 2 | Once a week | Online Only | Wednesdays only, 4:30 to 6:30 pm | Three Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults & PKR 4000 Per Month for Students.


Teacher: Ustad Shahriar Piroozram is a student of the famed calligraphers Ustad Ardashir Akbari and Gholam Hossein Amirkhani. He completed his doctorate in Islamic Art from the Art University of Isfahan, Iran. He has taught courses in traditional arts at several institues in Germany, UK and USA. He currently resides and teaches in Germany.

Course Outline:

Theory, History & Practicing Individual Letters (Muffaridat) of the Urdu alphabet in Nastaleeq Irani.

Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the dry-powder pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall.

Fresco paintings are visible in almost all Mughal & Sikh era buildings. One of the earliest art techniques, this form of painting was specially patronized in the sub-continent by the Mughals (1526-1857 AD). In Lahore, some of the best examples can be experienced at Maryam Zamani Mosque (15th century, built by Jahangir for his mother in 1611) & Wazir Khan Mosque (16th century).


Starts Sun, 28 Mar 2021


DETAILS LEVEL 1 | Once a week | Online & At Premises | Sundays, 3:00 to 5:00 pm | Three Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 4000 Per Month for Adults.


Teacher: Ustad Imdad Ahmed is the son of Ustad Sufi Khursheed Alam Khursheed Raqam.  صوفی خورشید عالم خورشید رقم کے صاحبزادے امداد احمد - His is a 200 year old tradition and his teaching method is based on the traditional method of his family.





Course Outline:

Theory, History & Practicing Individual Letters (muffaridat) & some composition (murakkabat) of the Urdu alphabet in Nastaleeq Lahori.

Ustad Imdad Ahmed will assess his students with a test at the end of each month. 


Tazhib (gilding) - Islamic Art of Illumination - is an Arabic word which has been derived from “zahab” meaning “gold”. 

Tazhib started as a book art to illuminate written texts, mostly verses of the Quran and Hadith. تذہیب قرآن But other literary masterpieces such as Persian poetry are also illuminated.


Like painting, gilding has its own schools of thoughts and historical periods. Seljuk, Bukhara, Teimurid, Safavi and Qajar are names of famous schools of gilding. Their differences are evident in the method in which patterns of pllants & geometrical shapes are put together.

تذہیب لفظ ذہب سے مشتق ہے جس کے معنی عربی میں سونے کے ہیں۔ اور تذہیب کے لغوی معنی سونے کا ملمع کرنا ہے لیکن اسلامی فنون میں اس کا اطلاق ہر اس سجاوٹ یا نقاشی پر ہوتا ہے جس میں سنہری رنگ کا کام کیا گیا ہو۔ موجودہ عہد میں خطاطی کے نمونوں کے گرد سنہری نقش و نگار کے علاوہ فرشیوں اور قالین پر سنہری نقش و نگار بھی تذہیب کے زمرہ میں آتے ہیں۔


Level 1: Starts 6 April, 2021

Level 2: Starts 6 April 2021


DETAILS LEVEL 1Twice a week | Online & At Premises | Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Four Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month 


Regular Studio (At Premises) | Mondays & Thursdays 1:30 to 4:30 pm (from 1st Nov 2020)


TeacherFyza Noon is an NCA graduate in Fine Arts specialising in Miniatures. She is a student of Ustad Bashir Ahmed. She is a founding member of Hast o Neest and has been teaching miniatures since 2014. Her interests include exploring the historical and philosophical dimensions of the art form. Danish Baloch, a philosophy graduate, is a student of Fyza Noon.

Course Outline:


Month One: 1. Line - Four types of line in Pencil & Brush 2. Drawing – elements like leaves, figure, face, clothes.

Months Two3. Qalam Geri - Four types of line 4. Drawing Qalam Geri - elements like leaves, figure, face etc.

Month Three: 5. Colour I - Siyah Qalam - Pardakht


Month Four: 6. Colour II – Neem Rang

Months Five & Six: 7. Composition & Colour III – Composing full painting & Gad Rang.




Level 1: Apply by 18 July 2021

پلستر کی ہوئی دیوار پر نقش بنانا

The one-year apprenticeship will introduce students to the understanding & practice of traditional Fresco Painting (Naqqashi).


DETAILS LEVEL 1 to 4 |5 Days/Month | At Premises ONLY | 3:00 to 5:00 pm | 4 Levels of Three Months Each | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month.

* The Ustad is available on days when he is able to spare time from work. So, generally, the classes will be held according to dates (not identified by the days) of each month. There can be consecutive dates as well. Students need to be prepared for a certain flexibility in the dates. 

DETAILS LEVEL 1 |  Drawing - Pencil; Geometric, calligraphic & floral designs

DETAIL LEVEL 2 | Natural Pigment Making & Introduction to Materials

DETAIL LEVEL 3 | Fresco Painting on Building

DETAIL LEVEL 4 | Secco Painting on Wood & Furniture


Teacher: Naqqash Azmat Ali is from Lahore. He learnt Naqqashi Painting from Ustad Saif-ur-Rahman (Pride of Performance) who was himself the pupil of hereditary master-craftsman, Ustad Ghulam Mohiuddin of Chiniot (d. 1995).


Other teachers include Ustad Hafeez ur Rehman Nazeer,  Ustad Muhammad Rafaqat, & Ustad Muhammad Matiulla (Kashigari)

Material Required: All materials would be provided.




Level 1: Starts 13 June 2021

Level 2: Starts 20 June 2021


DETAILS LEVEL 1 | Once a week | Online & AT Premise | Sundays 12:30 to 2:00 pm | Three Months |Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 4000 Per Month for Adults

DETAILS LEVEL 2 | Once a week | Online & AT Premise | Sundays 2:30 to 3:30 pm | Three Months |Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 4000 Per Month for Adults. Practice Assignments based on Level 1.


Teacher: (Michelle Farooqi, a visual artist and a Hast o Neest miniature and geometry student.) Syed Rameez Haider is a practicing architect (UCAD, Punjab University) and a student of the arts & philosophy at Hast o Neest.

Course Outline:

Weeks 1- 6: Activity: This phase focuses on teaching students the basic of  drawing which may include line, shapes, shading exercises and composition.

Deliverables: Line exercises, shapes, volume, analysis of space by learning attributes such as proximity and similarity of elements, tonal value, shading and different formats of composition.Line exercises, shapes, volume, analysis of space by learning attributes such as proximity and similarity of elements, tonal value, shading and different formats of composition.

Learning Outcomes: Students by going through these exercises will get familiar with basics of drawing / 3D with also an enhanced ability to do draw. These exercises will potentially equip them to contemplate and appreciate the concepts of miniature/2D drawing which is the next phase.

Materials Required: Pencils of different grades such as 2H/ HB/ B/ 2B/ 4B, sharpeners and erasers, newspaper sheets and drawing sheets.

Weeks 7- 12: This phase focuses on making students familiar with basics of 2D drawings i.e. Miniature. This includes drawing of elements which constitute the language of Persian / Mughal miniature such as leaves, trees, mountains, clouds, human figure, drapery etc.

Deliverables: Demonstration and practice of line drawing, Drawing of essential elements like leaves, flowers, trees and clouds following basic principles of geometry, proportions and harmony.

Outcomes: Students will become able to discern between the qualities of 2D and 3D drawing; the symbolic value and abstraction attached to these concepts. Exercises and assignments in this phase will enable them to potentially draw and most importantly appreciate the discipline of miniature drawing.


Materials:  Pencils of different grades such as 2H/ HB/ B/ 2B/ 4B, sharpeners and erasers drawing sheets as specified.


3B | TAZHIB تذہیب | PERSIAN 


Level 1: Starts 20 June 2021

Level 2: Starts 28 March 2021

DETAILS LEVEL 1 | Once a week | Online Only | Sundays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm | Four Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults.

DETAILS LEVEL 2 | Once a week | Online Only | Sundays 10:30 am to 12:00 pm | Four Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults.

Outline Level 1:

Outline Level 1: Drawing & Outlining (Qalam giri) Emphasize on Khataei (Floral Pattern) and Islimi with their composition in Shamseh.

DETAILS LEVEL 2 | Once a week | Sundays10:30 am to 12:00 pm | Four Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults.

Outline Level 2: Starting a colored work

Outline Level 3: Advanced Drawing. Combination of khataie and islimi.


Teacher: Khanum Farinoush completed her undergraduate degree in Handicrafts, and her masters in Islamic Art at دانشگاه اصفهان Dāneshgāh-e Esfāhān University of Isfahan, Iran. She  started illumination in 2004 & continues to learn under Masters of Art. She lives with her family in Tehran.


Muqarnas are unique to Islamic architecture, & date back to the 11th century Seljuk dynasty.


Their purpose is to create a smooth transitional zone in a variety of architectural settings.




 وہ چھت جو سیڑھی نما بنائی گئی ہو ۔

DETAILS | Once a week | Online ONLY | Sundays 3:00 to 5:00 pm | Three Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month.

Architects, Artists, Designers & Geometry students should apply.


Teacher: Kamil Khan Mumtaz was trained at the Architectural Association, London in the 1960's after which he returned to Pakistan to practice and teach. He was head of the Department of Architecture of the National College of Arts, Lahore between 1966-1975. He has been a memebr of several architecture juries and has widely lectured in Europe and Asia. In 1985, he authored Architecture in Pakistan.

Course Outline:

Month 1:

Week 1: Introduction to history, materials, forms and usage of muqarnases in the Muslim world; Assignment: learning technical terms and recognizing typical elements;

Week 2: Demonstration: geometric principles and design of typical elements; Assignment: drawing of typical elements.

Week 3: Demonstration of materials and tools for making typical elements; Assignment: making of typical elements.

Week 4: presentation and discussion on individual assignments.

Month 2:

Week 5: Introduction to types of simple muqarnases; Assignment: drawing of simple muqarnas.

Week 6: Demonstration: geometric principles and design of simple muqarnas; Assignment: drawing of simple muqarnas;

Week 7: Case study of simple muqarnases; Assignment: making of one simple muqarnas.

Week 8: presentation and discussion on individual assignments.

Month 3:

Week 9: Introduction to types of Complex muqarnases; Assignment: drawing of Complex muqarnas.

Week 10: Demonstration: geometric principles and design of complex muqarnas; Assignment: drawing of complex muqarnas;

Week 11: Case study of complex muqarnases; Assignment: making of one segment of complex muqarnas.

Week 12: presentation and discussion on individual assignments.

Week 13: Case studies of regional styles and advanced muqarnases in the Muslim world



Level 1: Starts Sun 4 April 2021

Level 2: Starts Sat 3 April 2021










DETAILS LEVEL 1 | Once a week | Online & AT Premises | Sundays/ 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Three Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 4000 Per Month for Adults.

DETAILS LEVEL 2 | Once a week | Online & At Premises | Saturdays 11:00 am to 1:00 pm | Two Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 4000 per Month for Adults

Course Outline Level 1: NOTE: No mathemetics-background required. Applicants should be prepared to work with a compass and ruler!


Students will learn:

  • Number, Geometry & Cosmology

  • Drawing six-fold, four-fold & twelve-fold geometric rosettes, which have been used throughout Muslim traditional art.

  • How to fill any flat surface area with geometric patterns through following traditional principles of design.


  • Professional geometry compass

  • 12inch ruler

  • Masking tape

  • 0.5mm/ 0.35mm Clutch pencil

  • 0.4mm fill tip pen. (at least 8 – 12 different colours)

  • A3 size sketchbook

Course Outline Level 2: 


1st Month:

1.1 Introductory Lecture: TKM + Pentagon

1.210 Fold Pattern

1.310 Fold Pattern

1.4 Introduction to Arc: TKM+ Model of Arc

2nd Month

2.1. 12-Fold

2.2. 10+6-Fold

2.3. 12+8-Fold

2.4. Introduction to Ribbed-Domes: TKM + Model of WD


Students who are going to take Level 2 of this course must have basic knowledge of constructing equilateral and equiangular forms of triangle, square, Hexagon, decagon and duo-decagon.



The aim of this course is to develop an understanding and to be able to construct different traditional geometric patterns based on their relationship with other shapes like, 10+6, 12+9, 12+8, 6+9 etc., that are used in Islamic manuscripts, on architectural structures, textiles, embroideries, jewellery and so on. Secondly, we will try to understand the construction and development of Arc, Domes, Ribbed-dome and Qalib kaari in Islamic architecture.



TeachersTaimoor K. Mumtaz is senior architect at Kamil Khan Mumtaz Architects. He holds an MA in South Asian Design & Architecture from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.  Title of his MA Dissertation was ‘The Use and Significance of Geometry in Islamic Architecture.’

Danish Baloch teaches Islamic Geometric Patterns at Hastoneest; Danish is also a philosophy graduate, and is interested in history, literature and the traditional arts.



The significant intellectual contributions of Islamic mathematicians, astronomers, and scientists were essential to the creation of this unique new style (of geometric patterns)"

"Natural symmetries are found throughout nature and most strikingly within the world of flowers, the proportions of which are governed by simple geometric laws. The origin of the word ‘cosmos’ is adornment and the adornment of sacred buildings with both floral and geometric patterns makes the viewer sensitive to the subtle harmonies uniting the natural world around us with the cosmos.


In Islamic art the geometric figure of the circle represents the primordial symbol of unity and the ultimate source of all diversity in creation. The natural division of the circle into regular divisions is the ritual starting point for many traditional Islamic patterns."



Level 1:Starts Tuesday, 25 May 2021

(Ramzan timings will be adjusted)


DETAILS LEVEL 1 | TAJWEEDTwice a week | Online ONLY | Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:15 to 7:15 pm | 2 Months - 8 weeks |  Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 4000 Per Month for Adults & Children.

DETAILS LEVEL 2 | MAQAMAAT  Twice a week | Tuesdays/Thursdays, 8:00 to 9:00 pm | Two Months |  Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults.

Admission based on Level 1 & Sense of Musical Scales.

Teacher: Ustad Qari Khalid Uthman Alvi is one of the renowned qurra of Pakistan and is associated with Hast o Neest since 10 years.

Course Outline



Level 1: Tajweed: In this course, Qari Khalid Usman will introduce the rules of pronunciation & articulation - tajweed - of the Arabic letters, with practice of the different sounds of the letters so that the recitation of Quran e Majeed is perfected. After teaching the rules, Ustad Qari Khalid will help students recite 10 Short Surahs of Quran e Majeed.

Level 2: Maqamaat  - Maqamaat are the (7) Arabic Musical Scales used in Quranic Recitation. Ustad Qari Khalid will introduce 7 scales through the recitation of Short Surahs. 


دورانیہ دو مہینہ آن لائن ہے

اور کل سات مقامات ہیں

ایک ھفتے میں دو کلاسیں

Applicants of Maqamaat - in addition to knowledge of Tajweed - need to have knowledge/practice of vocals, and a basic understanding of music.

8A | CLASSICAL MUSIC | گائیکی 


No music background is necessary.

No age restrictions for adults.

Children above 16 Years encouraged to apply.


DETAILS LEVEL 1 | 6 Sessions in a month | Weekly Riyazat practiced shared with Ustad via Whatsapp | At Premises & Online on Zoom | Mondays/Thursdays, 6:00 pm (A certain level of flexibility in timings0| Six Months. Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults.

Teacher: Belonging to the11th generation of the Gwalior Gharana is Mohammad Muslim Shaggan, the grandson of Ghulam Hassan Shaggan who was awarded the Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.

Course Outline:

Theory & Practice



No music background required. An instrument Made in Lahore can be purchased by the student via Hast o Neest's assistance.  


DETAILS LEVEL 1 | 6  Sessions in one month | At Premises only | Six Months | Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults | Sundays & Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.

Teacher: Shehzad Khalil belongs to a family of musicians from the Punjab. He has been teaching the sitar at Hast o Neest for more than 5 years. 

Course Outline: Theory & Practice

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No music background required. An instrument Made in Lahore can be purchased by the student via Hast o Neest's assistance.  


DETAILS LEVEL 1 | 6  Live Sessions in One Month| Online at Zoom & At Premises | Six Months |Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults | Days and Timings are flexible


TeacherZohaib Hassan is a sarangi player born and raised in Lahore. His musical lineage can be traced back through six generations of sarangi players.

“One of my goals is to preserve my family’s unique sarangi playing approach of using all four fingers on the left hand as opposed to the more common three finger approach used by most of today’s players. By utilizing all four fingers, we’re able to achieve a speed and agility rarely heard on sarangi.” 

Course Outline:

Theory & Practice



No music background required. An instrument Made in Lahore can be purchased by the student via Hast o Neest's assistance.  


DETAILS LEVEL 1 | 4 Sessions in one month | Online on Zoom | Six Months |Fee-Hadya Submission PKR 6000 Per Month for Adults | Days & Timings are flexible.

Teacher: Akmal Qadri, son of legendary Flute maestro late Ustad Saeen Alla-Ditta Qadri is one of the few classical flute players in Pakistan. Tutored by his father during his early years, he started performing at a very young age and made a distinctive mark in both Classical and Folk Flute playing. He has performed extensively in Pakistan and participated in music festivals and concerts throughout the world.

Performance Clip for Lahore Music Forum at Hast o Neest 

Course Outline: Theory & Practice

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