Deepjyoti Namostute

by Nikheel Aphale
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Size: 40 x 23.5 inches
Medium: Inks and Watercolour on Paper
Year: 2022


This artwork takes inspiration from the ‘deepmala’, a tower like structure which holds the multiple lights. The main shloka in black works as a light holder and the cluster of shlokas look like the light. The mantra inscribed in the artwork is:

शुभं करोति कल्याणम् आरोग्यम् धनसंपदा
शत्रुबुद्धि विनाशाय दीपज्योति नमोस्तुते

It translates to:
Shubham Karoti Kalyanam, Aarogyam Dhanasampada
Shatrubuddhi Vinashay, Deepjyoti Namostute

The meaning of the words is:
Salutations to the light of the lamp which brings auspiciousness, health and prosperity, and destroys the harmful.
  • ABOUT Nikheel Aphale

    Letters not only speak to, but entice calligraphy artist Nikheel Aphale, who believes in taking calligraphy beyond its conventional definition of “the art of beautiful handwriting.” Nikheel uses his own letters – akshars – as a means of expression. Using calligraphy, he creates art that is imperfect yet beautiful, with the texture of ink, the spaces, the overlapping letterforms and mingling strokes making his artworks a truly visual experience.

    The Devanagari script is Nikheel’s muse; he adores its traditional and spiritual roots, and being the script of his mother tongue, Marathi, he feels deeply connected to it.

    Born in 1979 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Nikheel Aphale’s fascination with letters began right from childhood. By the time he was in college, the fascination grew into a passion for creating art out of letters. Nikheel graduated with a Bachelor’s in Applied Arts from L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Communication Design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.

    Nikheel Aphale has participated in group shows in India as well as abroad and conducted workshops in esteemed Indian institutes like Ashoka University, Banaras Hindu University, MICA and NIFT. He has also been a speaker at a TEDx event. Nikheel was invited to showcase his work at The World Calligraphy Biennale, Jeollabuk, South Korea, in 2015, 2017 and 2019. His works were also published in juried issues of the Letter Arts Review, an esteemed international calligraphy magazine, in 2010, 2011 and 2016. Nikheel lives and works in Bangalore.

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