New Term Starting 31st October 2020
Apply by 30th October
Essentials for Art Applicants 
1. Post-Class Time for Mashq/Pratice
Mashq-practice is an essential to perfect art, which requires mashq time-scheduling post-fixed-class-time throughout the course.
2. Time for 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 that usually requires at least a year's commitment to gain a basic command of the art. 
4. Financial Approach
The term fee/hadya submission secures the basic infrastructure provided by the Institute. The main objective is access to a learning environment where interaction with the teacher is at the centre. There is no government recognizzed degree awarded by the Institute.


The Teacher is the Centre  

The arts teachers set the course outline based on their own journey, their knowledge & experience, and they are the 'certificates' of completion.

Each teacher follows their own method of teaching, for example some may use a coursebook and some may create their own, and it is thought & practice based on their guidance that is the key to a successful outcome.

Learning Structure

The learning structure is beyond the basic fixed time, duration and course outline.  Students of the Arts will find their learning in their after-class-hours practice, reading and conversations/company of their teacher. 

Teaching Venue: Online & Premise

Post--Pandemic (March-April 2020), the teaching venue for most art courses is a hybrid of online & at premises to ensure maximum student outreach. The online platform engaged is Zoom and/or Google Classroom/Drive supported by 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.


4 - Geometry with

Taimoor K Mumtaz & Danish Baloch

5 - Drawing with Michelle Farooqui

Khush Khatti with Sajid Naqvi


1-  Calligraphy with Sajid Naqvi

2 - Miniature - Mughal with Fyza Noon

3 - Fresco Painting - Naqqash Azmat Ali


6. Proportion in Traditional Architecture with 

Taimoor K Mumtaz


7 (i) Tajweed with Qari Khalid Usman

   (ii) Maqamaat with Qari Khalid Usman


Vocals & Instruments:

8 - Vocals with Muslim Shaggan, Gwalior

9 - Sitar with Shehzad Khalil

10 - Sarangi with Zohaib Hassan


Courses begin 31st October 2020 

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.

Fee & Payment: 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'; bank-to-bank electronic transfer, or Western Union.  



Duration: Twice a week, Mondays/ Wednesdays, 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Duration is three months for the first level. Session started May 2020. The next session will begin in September 2020 insha'llah.


Course Outline: Theory, History & Practicing Individual Letters (Muffaridat) of the Urdu alphabet.


Teacher: Syed Sajid Abbas Naqvi has an Ijazah in Khat-e-Nastaliq from Ustad Irfan Ahmed Khan (President Calligraph-Artists’ Guild Pakistan). Sajid Abbas has also studied under Iranian master-calligrapher Ustad Nasir Jawaharpur a former office-bearer of the Anjman-e-Khushnawisan-e-Iran

Course Fee: PKR 4000 per month for Adults.


Duration: Twice a week, Tuesdays & Fridays; 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Duration is three months for the first level. 

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.

Teacher Mughal Miniature: Fyza 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. 

Course Fee:PKR 6000 per month


- 10 - DRAWING with Michelle Farooqui

Duration: Once a week on Sundays, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm for three months (12 weeks).

Course Outline:        


Weeks 1-4: Learn how to draw, working from big shapes and simple constructs to fully articulated renderings of human and animal forms, natural elements and architecture, using images commonly used in Persian miniature paintings.

Weeks 5-8: Progress from 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional models and draw from life - both still-life arrangements and live models. Learn how to stylize drawings and manipulate perspective to mimic the drawing style of Persian miniature artists. 

In addition, explore the rules of composition and the symbolism of imagery found in miniature paintings.

Finally, combine your theoretical knowledge and drawing skills with introduction to different mediums to produce your own Persian miniature-style drawing.


Michelle Farooqi, a visual artist and a Hast o Neest miniature and geometry student.

Materials: A3 drawing book, HB and 2-H pencils, eraser and sharpener, 12" ruler


Application Eligibility:

Age 16 year +

Course Fee: PKR 4000 per month. 


4- ISLAMIC GEOMETRIC PATTERN with Taimoor K Mumtaz & Danish Baloch

Duration: Level 1 is for Three Months Duration; Once a Week on Sundays, one & a half hour session, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  

"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."


Through this course students are going to 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


  • Sundays, 10:30 am – 12:00/12:30 pm


Taimoor 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.

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

Course Fee: PKR 4000 per month

5 (i) - Quranic Recitation Tajweed 1

with Qari Khalid Usman

Duration: Twice a week, Tues & Thur

6:15 to 7:15 pm.


Course Outline: Master the set rules of reciting letters of the Arabic Alphabet - Tajweed - and practice reading Short Surahs with these rules.


Teacher: Qari Khalid Usman Alvi Al-Azhari

Course Fee: PKR 3000 per month 

5 (ii) - Quranic Recitation Tajweed 2 Maqamaat with Qari Khalid Usman


2 Months | Twice a Week 

Tuesdays & Thursdays 

7:45 to 8:45 pm

دورانیہ دو مہینہ آن لائن ہے

اور کل سات مقامات ہیں

ایک ھفتے میں دو کلاسیں


داخلے کے لیے شرائط

علم التجوید -



Course Outline: With knowledge of Tajweed rules & passing of an audition, participants can register for the two month introductory course of Maqamaat to learn the 'sur' or '12 maqamaat' linked to the Arabic language & recite Short Surahs in these maqamaat.


Maqamat are the various patterns of melody used in recitation - adding to the beauty of proper articulation and proper rhythm.


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

Teacher: Qari Khalid Usman Alvi Al-Azhari

Course Fee: PKR 3500 per month 


with Muslim Shaggan

Duration:Twice a week, Mon & Wed, 6:00 to 7:00 pm. 


Course Outline: Basics

Teacher: Muslim Shaggan, Gwalior Gharana

Application Eligibility:

No music background required.

Course Fee: PKR 6000 per month

6- SITAR Instrument

with Shehzad Khalil

Duration: Twice a week, 4:00 to 6:00 pm (flexible)


Course Outline: Basics

Teacher: Shehzad Khalil

Application Eligibility:

No music background required. An instrument An instrument can be purchased by the student via the teacher.

Course Fee: PKR 6000 per month

8- SARANGI Instrument

with Zohaib Hassan

Duration: Twice a week, 4:00 to 6:00 pm (flexible)


Course Outline: Basics

Teacher: Zohaib Hassan

Application Eligibility:

No music background required. An instrument can be purchased by the student via the teacher.

Course Fee: PKR 6000 per month


Mailing Address::
3, Iftikhar Ahmed Malik Road, Shariff Colony, Canal Park, Gulberg II, Lahore.
Cell: 0300 849 3170
Cell:  0321 4847091

© 2013 by HastoNeest

Institute of

Traditional Studies &  Arts

  • wordpress-logo-notext-rgb
  • daily logo for HON
  • Grey Blogger Icon
  • Grey Vimeo Icon
  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey YouTube Icon