For online courses, the basic requirements are a laptop/desktop computer, a hands-free and a stable internet connection.

Online courses begin from12th July 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.  

Reminder of the Basic Essentials for
The Arts Program Students
1. Time for Individual Mashq/Pratice
In all traditional arts, mashq-practice is an essential to perfect the art form, which requires individual mashq time-scheduling post actual class time throughout the course.
2. Time for Reading:
Reading up on the theoretical discourse & gaining knowledge of the art is another key essential element which again requires time scheduling.
3. Patience!
The learning process takes time and
gradually builds up.





1- Calligraphy with Sajid Naqvi

2 - Miniature - Mughal with Fyza Noon

3 - Tazhib - Ottoman with Azma Salman


Proportion in Traditional Architecture with 

Taimoor K Mumtaz


4 - Geometry with

Taimoor K Mumtaz & Danish Baloch

10 - Drawing with Michelle Farooqui

Khush Khatti with Sajid Naqvi


Vocals & Instruments:

9 - Vocals with Muslim Shaggan, Gwalior

6 - Sitar with Shehzad Khalil

8 - Sarangi with Zohaib Hassan

7 - Tabla with Asher Samuel


5 (i) Tajweed with Qari Khalid Usman

5 (ii) Maqamaat with Qari Khalid Usman


At Hast o Neest, the teacher is the centre and focal person.

They set the course outline based on their knowledge and experience, and they are the 'certificates' of completion. The time, duration and course outline are there to facilitate and give a basic compass of the course. Please note, each teacher follows their own method of teaching, for example some may use a coursebook and some may create their own.



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.

with Azma Salman

Duration: Once a week, on Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm; Basic Level duration is for four months

Course Outline:                       

Participants will learn:

– The Motifs and the Vocabulary of this art form
– All the stages of a finished work of art
– Preparation of ‘ahaar’ and ‘muraqqa’ special paper and board used for illumination and calligraphy
– Gilding, process of making shell gold from gold leaf and its application


Azma Salman is an illumination or “Tezhib” artist and has been teaching Traditional Islamic Art at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. Holding a Masters of Arts in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts, she is the only illuminator in Pakistan with a formal degree in Islamic Art field. Despite that, she still travels to Turkey to receive training from the masters of illumination there. Her works has been exhibited in London and Pakistan.

Course Fee: PKR 6000 per month

5 (i) - Quranic Recitation Tajweed

with Qari Khalid Usman

Duration: Twice a week, Tues & Thur

5:45 to 6:45 pm.


Course Outline: Rules of Tajweed applied on Short Surahs of the Quran.


Teacher: Qari Khalid Usman Alvi Al-Azhari

Course Fee: PKR 3000 per month 

5 (ii) - Quranic Recitation Maqamaat

with Qari Khalid Usman

Duration: Twice a week, Tues & Thur

7:00 to 8:00 pm.


Course Outline: Applying traditional Arabic scales of music to Quranic Recitation


Teacher: Qari Khalid Usman Alvi Al-Azhari

Course Fee: PKR 3500 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

7- TABLA Percussion Instrument

with Asher Samuel

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


Course Outline: Basics of Tabla Taleem.


Teacher: Asher Samuel

Application Eligibility:

No music background required. 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


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


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


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

- 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. 


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