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Suhas Tavkar

Suhas Tavkar

Bellerose, NY

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The art of Suhas Tavkar shows a unique relationship between the human form and the human touch that created it….

Here is a little information about me and my history. I was born in 1942 and raised in Mumbai (Bombay), India.
I was exposed to the art of NakhaChitra - fingernail drawing as a child. I started doing NakhaChitra, on paper, at the age of four. For the last 36 years, I have been residing in Queens, New York. Even today, for the last 66 years, I still create NakhaChitra drawings on paper. I have learned this unusual and rare fingernail relief technique from my late father, Anant Tavkar, who was an architect. He learned the technique from his father and mother as a child. NakhaChitra art has been practiced by my family members for many, many generations, even before 1562.

"Nakhachitrakala" (fingernail sculpted drawing technique) is one of the world's rarest, ancient, unique, and unknown art forms. “Nakha” means fingernail, “Chitra” means drawing, and “Nakhachitrakar” means fingernail sculpted artist in the Sanskrit language of the Hindus. I believe that humans may have started this art form at the beginning of the human race through etchings on materials, such as soft wooden bark, mud, or on large banana or lotus leaves with the use of their fingernails as a tool for creating drawings and writing. It takes us back at least to the 5th century AD, when Kalidasa, the great play writer and poet of the Sanskrit language, mentioned in his play “The Recognition of Shakuntala” that a love letter was written by Shakuntala on a lotus leaf with her fingernail. This reference shows that people from India were using Nakha (fingernails) regularly for writing on leaves. However, I believe that “Nakhachitrakala” (fingernail sculpted drawing technique and fingernail calligraphy) originated thousands of years ago, exclusively in ancient India and may have been taught at the oldest university of Takshashila in India. Despite Nakhachitrakar’s ancient history, it has not been referenced by any art history books or museums. (Article on NakhaChitra was written by Austin Williams and published in American Artist Drawing magazine in 2009).

I believe “Every living creature on earth is an artist and also a wonderful piece of art.”
Suhas Tavkar
Nakhachitrakar

“Quality is never an Accident. It is Always the Result of Intelligent Efforts. There must be a will to produce a Superior thing” - by John Ruskin.

 

Blessings by Suhas Tavkar

 

Power of OM by Suhas Tavkar

 

Spiritual OM Yantra by Suhas Tavkar

 

Masai by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief Drawing Of Lokmanya Tilak by Suhas Tavkar

 

Johannes Brahms by Suhas Tavkar

 

Ganesha by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief Drawing Of Omar Khayyam by Suhas Tavkar

 

Dying Swan by Suhas Tavkar

 

Bull by Suhas Tavkar

 

Egyptian relief by Suhas Tavkar

 

Bourrees by Suhas Tavkar

 

Ajanta lady by Suhas Tavkar

 

My hand by Suhas Tavkar

 

Khajuraho Lovers by Suhas Tavkar

 

Indra by Suhas Tavkar

 

My cutie by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief Drawing Of Vivekananda by Suhas Tavkar

 

Love by Suhas Tavkar

 

Indian Art - Horse Rider by Suhas Tavkar

 

Vrishakha by Suhas Tavkar

 

Ajanta Sundari by Suhas Tavkar

 

Nude by Suhas Tavkar

 

Light behind relief art by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief Drawing Of Sweet Beautiful Girl by Suhas Tavkar

 

Lovers by Suhas Tavkar

 

Mohenjodaro seal by Suhas Tavkar

 

Dinosaur by Suhas Tavkar

 

Devoti by Suhas Tavkar

 

Fingernail Relief Portrait Of B B King by Suhas Tavkar

 

Ganesha Blessings by Suhas Tavkar

 

Fold study by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief Shree Yantra by Suhas Tavkar

 

Animal Man by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief Portrait Of Nana Phadanvis by Suhas Tavkar

 

Copper Ganesha by Suhas Tavkar

 

Kum for meditation by Suhas Tavkar

 

Tibetan OM by Suhas Tavkar

 

Mayan Alphabets by Suhas Tavkar

 

Kuber Mantra by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief Drawing Of Sant Tukaram by Suhas Tavkar

 

Ganesha by Suhas Tavkar

 

OM by Suhas Tavkar

OM

 

Ganesha with Om Shanti Mantra by Suhas Tavkar

 

Kalash by Suhas Tavkar

 

Copper relief by Suhas Tavkar

 

Ganesha Frame by Suhas Tavkar

 

Ganesh Gayatri Mantra by Suhas Tavkar