Tarkashi Wood Inlay by Artisan Nemi Chandra Shakya from Uttar Pradesh, India (National Awardee)
Hi! I am Nemi Chandra Shakya from Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh. I was born on July 5, 1974. I have studied till high school. I am a Tarkashi artist. I have learned this art from my father since childhood, and it is our third generation who is involved in this art. My father, late Shri Ramswaroop Shastri, got the Shilp Guru Award for the work of Tarkashi in 2005. I was awarded the State Award in 1997-98. In 2005, I received the National Award.
In India, I have demonstrated my work at Surajkund International Crafts Mela, Shilpgram (Udaipur), Lucknow Mahotsav Sthal, Taj Mahotsav at Shilpgram in Agra, and Jhansi Mahotsav.
I have had many opportunities to showcase my work abroad too. I went to New York for an exhibition organized by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), which was held in honor of 60 years of India’s independence. I have also participated in exhibitions organized in Germany and South Africa.
I have participated in workshops in Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Jaipur and IIT Roorkee. After learning from me, more than 80 artisans are earning their livelihood through the work of Tarakshi. I am also living a good life due to the work of Tarakshi. My children are also learning this work along with their studies.
Tarkashi is a Mughal era art and the Uttar Pradesh government has included this art under its One District-One Product scheme. I want this art to be known all over the world.