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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.

 

Great Iron balconies of Paris by Suhas Tavkar

 

New York City From Brooklyn by Suhas Tavkar

 

Mississippi River Bridge by Suhas Tavkar

 

Wind Mill by Suhas Tavkar

 

Paris City by Suhas Tavkar

 

Marble relief by Suhas Tavkar

 

Indian lamp by Suhas Tavkar

 

Slave Monument in Amsterdam by Suhas Tavkar

 

Indian Dancer by Suhas Tavkar

 

White Magnolia by Suhas Tavkar

 

Door Relief by Suhas Tavkar

 

Brooklyn Church by Suhas Tavkar

 

Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge by Suhas Tavkar

 

Chrysler Building by Suhas Tavkar

 

SexMuseum in Amsterdam by Suhas Tavkar

 

Mangos by Suhas Tavkar

 

Small Owl by Suhas Tavkar

 

Mountain goates by Suhas Tavkar

 

Amsterdam canal by Suhas Tavkar

 

Buildings From Brooklyn by Suhas Tavkar

 

Door guards by Suhas Tavkar

 

Door relief panel by Suhas Tavkar

 

Wedding Relief Art by Suhas Tavkar

 

Walrus by Suhas Tavkar

 

Door relief panel by Suhas Tavkar

 

Eiffel Tower at night by Suhas Tavkar

 

Door relief by Suhas Tavkar

 

Canal for boat ride by Suhas Tavkar

 

Door relief panel by Suhas Tavkar

 

Sunset at New York City by Suhas Tavkar

 

Orangutan by Suhas Tavkar

 

Frozen Central Park Lake by Suhas Tavkar

 

Famous gate of Paris - Arc De France by Suhas Tavkar

 

Paris in Las Vegas by Suhas Tavkar

 

Krishna Stealing Yogurt by Suhas Tavkar

 

Frozen Central Park Lake by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief at Rockefeller Center New York by Suhas Tavkar

 

Relief Art by Suhas Tavkar

 

Two marble horses by Suhas Tavkar

 

Brooklyn Bridge by Suhas Tavkar

 

Persimmon fruits by Suhas Tavkar

 

Marble horse in the water fountain by Suhas Tavkar

 

Rooster family by Suhas Tavkar

 

From Staten Island Ferry by Suhas Tavkar

 

Brooklyn And Manhattan Bridge by Suhas Tavkar

 

Marble relief angel by Suhas Tavkar

 

Krishna Playing Seashell Music by Suhas Tavkar

 

Rooster family by Suhas Tavkar