Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Manohar Handwriting

My hand-writing had few influences from childhood, one is my mother who still (at 70yrs) has impeccable, consistent, neat (un-shaky) handwriting and second one was our society guard – Manohar. His job was to write information on the common board which is to be placed at the main entrance; so anyone enters or exits can view this. Recently when I went home, I didn't notice that large black board with beautiful devanagari, chalk letters. Why? because the master Manohar who used to write is passed away after major illness.

Sad to know, these blackboards will be empty or won't be embellished same as with Manohar's handwriting. I am sure, residents will manage without his handwriting – someone else (or digital printouts may be) will take over his place. The purpose is important; good skill is value addition – that's how we looked at him. There were very few appreciators who actually told him or gave rewards for his extraordinary skill.

I find it amazing because he was lefty. I have special respect for left handed calligraphers/ writers. He was true to his work; his name means – beautiful (Manohar means beautiful in Sanskrit and Marathi)

Thank you Manohar for being there during my upbringing and exposed the kids like us to the "good handwriting" we never interacted on this subject, I wish I could and I wish I documented your few lettering samples. But I am glad that on my previous visit I clicked few pictures while you were writing the board. That's good enough memory for me to cherish.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


मना वासना दुष्ट कामा नये रे
मना सर्वथा पापबुद्धि नको रे 
मना धर्मता नीति सोडू नको हो 
मना अंतरी सार वीचार राहो 
Tiny canvas artwork for Saint Ramdas' manache sholka (मनाचे श्लोक) 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Another sketch on paper; later coloured with pencils. Strangely the forms are quite distorted (in terms of finesse) but luckily I managed this consistently ;) This is a family of letter "K" (क) of devanagari also reminds me of single-blade-pinwheel-toy; we used to play with ;) 

Friday, June 17, 2016


Its my muse. The letter 'K' (क ) of devanagari. The beauty of this letter lies in its simplicity, two circles (actually one complete and other incomplete oval) separated, divided, parted by long stick, line or border. Many connotations to derive from.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Here its the trophy (gold award) and certificate of appreciation for the Callihunt 2016, I was selected as a gold winner from the entries received from all over India. The event was very well organised, managed and presented by APSC team. I will cherish this moment and it definitely gives boost for love for writing.


Saturday, June 4, 2016


The best birthday gift ever!
This news came in an email and then a phone call to believe myself.
As I am selected as a gold winner for Nationwide Callihunt 2016!!
It was organised by Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy and this is the first time they have introduced this competition to find the calligraphy talent across India and of course to encourage the art of beautiful handwriting – it is also an occasion of 7th annual day of the school.

Thanks and best wishes to APSC team and Achyut Palav. It is a big encouragement and big push to work better and explore the art further and of course the pressure to maintain. ;) 

I will post the entry which I have submitted in next post.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Experimental Tool

Thread tied at the end of a stick (actually carving tool) makes an excellent tool. Great texture, amazing fluidity and unexpected results – perfect combination of any calligraphic art.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Another composition with black ink on white textured paper, with new tool I discussed in last post.

Simply love how the way letters overlap each other and create the dramatic space among themselves. Some tight, compact, some loose, some wants to be with someone, some wants to be away, some extends their hands and some literally pushes to make their own space. Eventually makes a harmonious community.

Ain't we also behave like this?

Friday, May 27, 2016

New Tool Madness

Madness mania by this newly acquired tool.

Strokes & Letters

Already had few pages filled with black strokes. Contemplating to leave it just like that or to add lettering to make it more meaningful, went with later decision. Not so good result but definitely a good practice of uppercase (capitals) and warming up the hand.


Stretching exercise! Not for me but for letters ;)
Its fun to see how letters can formed by just extending & expanding their counters, strokes, bowls and what not. Result with amazing forms & counters. This animal like creature was purely unintentional.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Let's take a break!

This was the art piece, I created taking breaks in between my regular graphic design work. The canvas was lying on the desk for really long time; rather it was keep inviting me to do something. This artwork created in some 6/7 sittings. Good fun and good recharge therapy. Should keep some more empty papers & canvases in front ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Surprise at back

I was arranging my old artworks and papers and accidentally noticed the other side of its beauty. How amazing the paper and ink react to each other — The patterns they form, textures they create; their relationship definitely works. It also opens the new doors of art of looking sideways ;)


Monday, May 23, 2016

10th World Calligraphy Biennale, Jeollabuk Do (Korea)

Finally completed my Calligraphy Biennale post (Sorry it was the last year's post)

Here, I am writing this post sitting at Incheon Airport of South Korea, waiting for my flight to India (via Hong Kong). Why I am here because I was invited to participate & attend the exhibition of 10th World Calligraphy Biennale, Jeollabuk, South Korea. Me and Mr. Achyut Palav (a well known and talented calligrapher from, Bombay, India) were only from India showcased the work.
It was a great opportunity to experience this event as the first time I met, talked and saw the south east asian calligraphy practitioners and masters and their great body of work. Primarily, the Chinese, Japanese, Korean scripts were on the display, I am glad Indian script (devanagari) also made into this league.
This conference was comprised of grand inauguration, exhibition, paper presentations (I wish they could managed English translations) and of course sight seeing and food treat. Sori Art Centre, a venue was amazing space and huge. This biennale is on till 15th November 2015, more details here

Me with my showcased piece

On the concluding gala dinner night, all the invited calligraphers had
to "write" something in their language (with provided brush & ink)

Master calligrapher – Wang Dongling (he is genius)

Other calligraphers work – simply stunning, you can experience the devotion, passion and command of these 30-40 years.

This piece is by "yours truly" – Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (The World is One Family)
I was nervous doing brush work in front of the legends.

My Messy Desk

After a long break on the blog – starting this new post on messy note ;)
I have shifted to new place last year and made a workstation arrangement such that where I can have TWO desks – small desk for laptop where I usually end up spending more time and right opposite other big desk for calligraphy and other hand-done stuff. This keeps reminding me to take a break from mechanical/mundane stuff and use your brain and hands for other productive works too.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Calligraphy Symposium : : Brugge

This July I went to Brugge (Belgium) to attend Calligraphy Symposium, organised by University of Sunderland, UK. Under that I have taken a week long workshop/class by Brody Neueanswander, a great great calligrapher whom I am great admirer since when I started taking calligraphy seriously.
Here are few images of symposium.

Brugge cityscape, lovely & charming environment 

The workshop venue

We also visited Brody's studio, a great inspiring place

Collaborative artworks, so much fun while doing these

Artworks of other students of other batches

Artworks of other students of other batches 

My name label and glance of what I have done

Monday, February 23, 2015


i heart you
i like you
i love you
no matter what this new lingo & emoticons say!
i always want you
to be with me
in this exciting journey

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Haanji Festival at Korean Cultural Centre

Ongoing Hanji* Festival at Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi India.
I am honoured to be a part of the art exhibition along with talented Korean & Indian Artists.
(Bottom right side is my showcased artwork: United Family)

Here its the poster with other event details

*Haanji: Traditional Korean Paper.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Diwali from Taipei

Hello Friends!
Wish you a very happy Diwali and prosperous new year.
Made this quick sketch during transit in HongKong airport where I have to wait for 3 hours for my next flight to Taipei.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

: : Sketchbook : :

Its time to go back to sketchbook. Too much of digital & mechanical encounters, vectors editing and pixel shifting, its always refreshing to hold (actual) pen-pencil-marker-brush and draw on the paper.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Got an another opportunity to design a name plate for Pune based family. It was a gift for customer's sister. After some sharing of options and iterations we all happily reached on this (bottom most) conclusion. Showing some other options as well. I am glad that they chose devanagari one.