Kauser Usman for BeyondHeadlines
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever” – John Keats’s immortal words… true to all ages, and very true to the creations of a gifted artist Wajid Khan. The more you know him, the more you know that you don’t know about him. He is a painter, inventor, sculptor, thinker, designer and everything that encompasses the definition of an artist.
An artist is a dreamer, consenting to dream of the actual world. Wajid Khan is not an exception. He dreamt of giving the world an endowment of most amazing fine art and ‘Nail Painting’ came into existence.
The first Nail Art or Nail Painting came into being in year 2005 after onerous contemplations and rigorous efforts of approximately three years. It was just a dot for others, but for Wajid Khan, it conceives a portrait.
One nail trailed another and then hundreds and thousands… strenuous efforts… great imagination… extreme patience… and a beautiful thing is born out of crude iron nails. The first was a tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi.
Nail Art belongs to Wajid Khan. He owns a patent for it. It is basically an art of hammering an iron nail into a hard acrylic sheet to create an unimaginable portrait and abstracts with fine details of facial expressions of the object. It takes 3-6 months to complete a nail painting.
Born on 10 March 1981 in a small village of Mandsour district of Madhya Paradesh state (India), Wajid Khan, at the age of 14, invented a tiny electric iron, probably the world’s smallest. After this invention, he invented a water theft device and a centralized, touch-activated switch for household appliances. He also created a painting on canvass, apparently world’s first of its kind, which appears like a 3D animation.
Another dimension of his personality reflected in sports. He is a sturdy Rugby player and was associated with ‘Indian Rugby Football Union’ as General Secretary.
Numerous people have admired and honored the incredible work Wajid Khan. But above all, he feels the most honorable, is an appreciation and encouragement by former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Khan has been fortunate to spend productive time with Dr. Kalam at National Innovation Foundation, a research and invention wing.
Summing up seems just impossible while critically appreciating the creations of Wajid Khan. With over 140 inventions to his credit, Wajid Khan says “It’s just a beginning” and we, the people, remain awestruck and world waits for another astonishing creation to come.
Despite of his commendable work Wajid’s big dream is to spread his knowledge to others. He wants to organize free workshops, seminars throughout the country.