J’s La Quill Museum adds another quill in its cap, launches the Handwriting Consortium
The pens, christened the Cosmic Series have been personally hand-turned by Ace Pen turner and Aficionado, Sreenath Vishnu, the founder of RYTOL Bespoke Luxury Pens. The pens were handed over to the Maestro Prof. K.C. Janardhan, the founder of the J’s La Quill Museum of Handwriting, Lettering, Calligraphy and other Writing Instruments. Mr. Sreenath said the pens are a tribute to Maestro K. C. Janardhan’s contributions and achievements in the field of handwriting.
The programme was conducted by Bharath Mehta of Barton & Sons and toastmaster Arjun Raj Urs – leadership trainer. Media Wizard Rajnath Kamath; Ace Formula One team Manager Nadeem; Prof Dr Srivathsa, management consultant, vedic mathematics expert and homeopath ; Ravishankar from the House of Raymonds; Sahadeva, HR head of Toyoda Gosei; Bharati Singh Founder-CEO of SA-MUDRA Foundation; Kiran Addala of J.Brown, London; James McAllister a student of fonts from a UK university; Seshu Meda of Bhaskar & Bhaskar a Camlin distributor; Harsh Makkar, iron merchant and pen collector; Michael Patrao senior journalist and educationist; Sudheer Ramachandran, author, were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion. Celebrity Pen blogger, Suvobrata Ganguly who had travelled from Kolkata to join the dedication ceremony was also present.
In his speech during the dedication ceremony the Honorable Dominic McAllister, the British Deputy High Commissioner said “I have known K.C.’s (Maestro Prof. K.C. Janardhan) passion for the last four years. It is very important to have museums such as this. In England there are small localised museums that play an invaluable function of highlighting the history and culture. It is not often in India, we see such museums. J’s La Quill is a great example for the larger city of Bangalore, to know what is special about this place. Today is an auspicious day, where we have knowledge followed by money coming to the museum, and to make sure that the museum prospers for a longer time.”
‘The Handwriting Consortium’- A platform that will seek to bring together writers, calligraphers, pen & ink manufacturers, stationers and collectors, was launched on the occasion. The Consortium will seek to work towards furthering the cause of handwriting, especially as a potent tool against the digital damnation of young lives.
Inspired by the Hindu Astrological Scholars, and Vedic Masters, the RYTOL Cosmic Series Pens assigns a colour to each day of the week based on the colour of the deity who protects the day of Navagraha. Indian astrologers believe that the clues to the colours of the week come from the Sanskrit names of the planets and the corresponding deities associated with them. Sunday is Ravivar- Ravi being the Sun God or Surya. Hindus believe that this God presides over Sunday. Likewise, Chandra or Soma is associated with Somvar or Monday and is the Sanskrit name of the Moon God. Mangala is the Sanskrit name for planet Mars which influences Tuesday or Mangalvar. Budha (not to be confused with Buddha) is the God associated with Wednesday and also the Sanskrit name for Mercury. Brihaspati is the regent of Jupiter and associated with Thursday or Guruvar. Friday is linked with Shukra, or Venus Shani represents Shanivar or Saturday and is the son of Surya embodied in Saturn. Both Thai and Indian cultures recommend choosing colours of the clothing based on these associations.
Sreenath Vishnu, scion of the Brahmin’s Group, Kerala, was bitten by the pen turning bug, which took him to Ronald K Caddy, the Master Pen maker from Hampshire, United Kingdom from whom Sreenath has learnt the art of Pen Turning. Ronald K Caddy is the custodian of the ancient art of hand turning Pens perfected over several generations and passed on to a select few by expert artisans. Rytol, the premium brand established by Sreenath Vishnu makes bespoke luxury writing instruments that are not only crafted to reach the pinnacle of beauty but are also imbued with quality made to last.
“Thank you for being there at J’s La Quill to witness the event and meet my well wishers” said Prof Janardhan. “I am grateful to Sreenath Vishnu, who was magnanimous enough to personally hand turn these pens amidst his globe trotting busy business schedules. In today’s world….it calls for a large heart of a person to dedicate pens worth 2.5 lakhs. I must mention that earlier he had given me a Rytol Chairman’s Fountain Pen worth Rs.40,000. I owe many thanks to the British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic Mc Allister who was kind enough to do the honours with his gracious presence and his encouraging speech”.
“I am very glad that the museum is heading in the right direction with such philanthropic contributions, graced by erudite, suave ,intellectual personalities and diplomats from various nations” added Prof Janardhan.
“I am sure that the future generations will become richer in the knowledge and skill of Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy and uphold it in the true letter and spirit! I am grateful to each one of them, whose presence made the great difference”.
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