I am Nikheel Aphale

a calligrapher and graphic designer with an independent practice in Bangalore, India. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), I started ​my journey as a calligrapher​ after quitting a full-time job in a branding studio, Codesign. Since then I had many opportunities to explore a wide spectrum of calligraphy through commercial work, art, exhibitions, workshops, products, etc. I have a graphic design practice called Studio Em & En with Maithili

Aside from playing with letters, I enjoy playing and creating art with my 8 years old daughter. I keep finding opportunities to travel to declutter my mind and get inspired. If ​that’s not possible then planning and reading about places make​s​me happy.

Do write​ to me if you like to discuss an art or design commission. I am happy to collaborate with any disciplines (stationery, textiles, ceramics, interior) or anything that is ​inspiring and gives an opportunity to experiment. Ideas are welcomed on anikheel@gmail.com

• My calligraphy work, journey, and love for Devanagari have been featured in various magazines, websites, blogs and I was also a speaker at TEDx.
• I was invited to represent India and participate in the World Calligraphy Biennale of Jeollabuk-do, South Korea in 2015, 2017 & 2019.
​Some of my calligraphy works were published in annual juried issues of prestigious & internationally acclaimed calligraphy magazine, Letter Arts Review, USA (2010, 2011 & 2016).
• Shortlisted to exhibit for ‘20 Under 35’—where the work of 20 emerging designers was showcased at the DesignXDesign event at the Alliance Francaise, Delhi.
• Recipient of the Gold Award for outstanding work in Calligraphy (Callihunt 2016); organized by Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy.
• I have been invited to participate in residencies and group shows in India & abroad and asked to conduct workshops in many schools and colleges – Strate, BHU, Srishti, MICA, NIFT, Ashoka University.

Calligraphy works were published in the annual juried issues of Letter Arts Review 2010, 2011 and 2016
a prestigious international calligraphy magazine from USA. First Indian calligrapher to select and publish in LAR magazines.

Speaker at the TEDxShivNadarUniversity, where I talked about my calligraphy practice and how I am exploring Devanagari as an art form along with live demonstration and final artwork performance with music.

Featured in an episode of the television program "On Art" on NDTV Prime.

Left: Platform Magazine, Issue Sep/Oct 2016
Right: PLATFORM magazine asked to contribute an artwork with a message for its VOICE section
Quote reads: "Be kind to all creatures; this is the true religion" — BUDDHA  (Issue Jan/Feb 2017) 

POOL Magazine, Issue 15 

Works here are copyrighted either by Nikheel Aphale or by the respective clients or as mentioned in the project description.

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