My Father, Shrikant Hari Deolalkar (Nakha Shilpakar), recently exhibited his Nakha Shilpas
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nakha Shilpa
N ail drawing is a rare art, wherein you do not use pen, pencil, color or brush. A drawing is drawn on paper using thumb and middle finger nails by applying adequate pressure. You have to concentrate before starting the drawing as there is hardly any scope for rectification. As pressure is applied on the paper, drawing gets elevated on the paper surface giving a feel of shilpa (sculpture). Hence it is call a Nakha Shilpa, a nail creation. N akhashilpa is a unique art as there are no colors which can attract viewers. To overcome that, artist has to apply different pressures to create that mood in the object. Positioning object in given size of paper is a skill as paper keeps moving and hand is stationary while drawing, also, there is a restriction of paper size as it has to pass through the gap between thumb and middle finger. As paper surface gates a feel of sculpture, the same can look very attractive when seen in a particular angle as it has light & shade effect. There is no formal training for this art. One has to understand the technique of paper pressing by nail without paper getting torn by nail and develop by practice.
My Father Shrikant Hari Deolalkar Recently Exhibited the Nakha Shilpas Created by him