Urdu Emojis & Dua


Artist Name

Sangeetha Kowsik (IhsanIshan Design)

Artwork Description

Protect us always from Hearts that are not humble,
Tongues that are not wise,
Eyes that have forgotten how to cry.
Hamain mefuuz rakhain un dilon sey jo narm nahiin
Un zabaanon sey jo daanaa nahiin hain
Aur un aankhon sey jo rona bhull gaee hain
Design inspired by my close friend/mentor/brother/guide (etc.)
Every prayer/service/lecture he leads he concludes with the above prayer.
To honor his Pakistani American heritage, I created the calligraphy in Urdu language. Khalid is the Muslim Chaplin and I am the Hindu Chaplin at NYU. He refers to me as his “colleague” and often “formally” introduces me to various institutions, organizations, etc. I find it very kind and thoughtful of him. We have no “formalities” between us, free and open with each other, hence our close friendship and bond. If I text/talk to him in “formal language” no response, if I text him with full emojis and something funny he is quick to respond. Inspired by our friendship, I combined emojis and Urdu Calligraphy.
Heart for “Hearts that are not humble”,
Lips “Tongues that are not wise”,
Eye “Eyes that have forgotten how to cry”
Prayer hands “Ameen”.

Artwork Medium

Digital Art


11″ x 14″ – Unframed


Availability: 1 in stock

Artist Name: Sangeetha Kowsik (IhsanIshan Design)

Artist Bio

Sangeetha Kowsik was born in Fremont, CA, a Parsons School of Design grad, is an NYC-based designer, interfaith chaplain, educator, and established gallery artist. The only person in the world doing this: A Hindu, Indian American woman who’s an Islamic/Arabic calligrapher.  Sangeetha is the Hindu Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor of NYU/Columbia Universities, founder of NYU Hindu Center, founding member of NAHCA (North American Hindu Chaplain Association), and awarded “Chaplain of the Year” for her interfaith initiatives by Chelsea Clinton.

She was the head designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has worked extensively in fashion, beauty, luxury, museums, skateboarding/streetwear industries, and has a deep love and appreciation for all world cultures, religions, and art history.  Her unique background influences her work which is rooted in faith, activism, culture, design, and social justice.

Her award-winning brand IhsanIshan Design inspires peace, understanding, change, and brings the world together by working for religious, cultural, and ethnic unity by connecting across global cultures through design, told through the art of Arabic Calligraphy. Each piece has a strong, powerful, meaningful message/concept behind it to fight negative perceptions/biases, educates by showcasing positive, unique, interconnected stories that celebrate global cultures and diversity. The brand was initially launched to celebrate both Islam and Hinduism, its shared traditions, educate, and bring about peace and understanding, it now includes Black Lives Matter (a recipient of numerous awards for social justice, interfaith, and global change initiatives) and the  Amazigh (indigenous) peoples of North Africa.

Sangeetha hopes to bring her message of peace through design to build a more understanding, just, compassionate world.


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