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Amazing! This Indian artist draws potrait with a typewriter

01:09 PM | 10 Sep, 2018
Amazing! This Indian artist draws potrait with a typewriter
MUMBAI -  The 72-years old Indian artist Bhide uses the manual machine to draw portraits of famous people, all bearing an unmistakable resemblance to their subject.

From politicians and film stars to cricketers, animation characters and religious symbols, Bhide has produced around 150 pieces of typewriter art over the past half-century.

“I have done many personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy. This is my hobby, my passion,” he shared.

Bhide has held 12 exhibitions of his work and become something of a local celebrity since discovering his unique talent in the late 1960s while employed as a bank clerk.

As a young man, he had wanted to go to art school and become a commercial artist but his family was unable to afford the costs so he trained in stenography instead.

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Bhide was working in the administrative department of Union Bank of India when in 1967 his boss asked him to type up a list of staff intercom numbers.

“I typed it in the form of a telephone itself. When I saw it I thought, ‘This is fantastic, I can make art through this medium.’ Everybody seemed to like it too,” he recalls.

Bhide started using the x key to produce images of the deity Ganesha to mark India’s annual festival celebrating the elephant-headed deity.

He then began to experiment with other keys including w, dash, asterisk, ampersand and percentage sign progressing to create portraits of celebrities from India and abroad.

This talented artist completes a drawing into  15 minutes usually. Whereas while making images of complex objects like Ganesha several hours are required to complete a famous face in what is a painstaking process.

The artists use his left hand to grip the knob that controls the platen the roller that feeds the paper through as he taps the keys with his right index finger.

He stops every so often to change the angle of the page before typing again.  “Typing requires dedication and concentration. If you put one stroke in the wrong place then you have to start again.

“It’s not like a computer where you can delete. Many times I’ve made mistakes and had to start again,” says Bhide.



The typewriter user has drawn several Indian actors over the years including Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar as well as American cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Archie.

Cricketers feature heavily, such as Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar, whose famous curly hair Bhide recreated with hundreds of “at” symbols used in email addresses.

Bhide, who doesn’t sell his artwork or take orders, has been featured in several Indian newspapers and has been able to show his portraits to many of the Indian stars he has drawn.

The artist is also planning to attempt U.S. President Donald Trump, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All of his works have been produced on the same Halda typewriter he used for the 30 years that he worked at Union Bank.



Bhide is surely an amazing artist and we wish to see his artwork in real too.

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