Praising Lord Ganesha 1

by Nikheel Aphale
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Size: 30 x 24 inches
Medium: Inks on Archival 350GSM Paper
Year: 2019


In praise of Lord Ganesha, artist Nikheel Aphale has incorporated an extract from the Ganesh Aarti into this beautiful artwork. In Hindu mythology, Ganesha is the God of new beginnings and remover of obstacles. The lines have been inscribed in Nikheel’s signature calligraphy style, and the intricate details and intriguing colour palette of the artwork add to its allure. The size mentioned is that of the artwork, without framing.

The verse inscribed in the artwork is:
सुखकर्ता दुःखहर्ता वार्ता विघ्नाची
नुरवी पुरवी प्रेम कृपा जयाची
सर्वांगी सुंदर उटी शेंदुराची
कंठी झळके माळ मुक्ताफळाची

It translates to:
Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi
Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi
Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi
Kanthi Zalke Mal Muktaphalachi

The meaning of these lines is:
Salutations to the Lord who is the giver of joy, the remover of sorrow and the one who eliminates hurdles; the one who spreads love and grace everywhere; the one who has sindhoor smeared all over his body; and the one who wears the necklace of the "muktaphal".

  • 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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