Dr. Manohar Desai

B.F.A. in Applied Art, Art Teachers Diploma, Diploma in Art Education from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya,

Pune. B.F.A. in Fine Art from Raheja School of Art, Mumbai. Masters in Indology from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth and M.F.A. Applied Art from V.I.T. Institute, Pune.

He has completed his Ph. D in Devanagri Script from one of the prime Universities of India – Deccan College University, Pune under the guidance of Late. Prof. Mukund Gokhale and Dr. Abhijeet Dandekar.

His college mentors helped him channelize his teaching skills and motivated him to contribute in academic field.

Currently he is working as ‘Head of the Dept. Communication Design- Graphic Design in Symbiosis Inst. of Design, Pune.

He is very popular among his students due his teaching methodology. He motivates students to achieve their best through practice.
He is known Nationally and Internationally for the application of Calligraphy on canvas in his paintings. 

He treats letter as a form in his compositions. His mastery over vibrant and energetic colours
in his compositions are highly appreciated by many experts on the International platform. 


He conducts many workshops in various parts of the country and is popular for his way of teaching calligraphy.

10 of his calligraphic paintings are a part of the collection at the International Calligraphy Museum, Moscow, Russia.

He has participated in more than 15 solo and 32 group shows at many places within
India and abroad; like Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, St. Johans University Hall, Art hub in Dubai as well as in Russia.

His expertise in multiple areas of Graphic Design has helped him teach many courses in

According to Dr. Desai, Drawing and sketching are very important in order to improve the understanding of proportion and anatomy. He applies the same knowledge in Typography and Calligraphy and makes it easy for students to understand. His experience in the area of environmental graphic design has added great value for students in finding projects.

The signage system along with the in- depth study and aspects he possesses helps him make the course enriching.

He offers minute details in Information System Design and User Interface Graphics and mold minds of his students for the UI/UX industry as well.



1987 Schooling till 10th, Moderen High School, J.M. Road, Pune.
1993 B.F.A.- Bachelor of Fine Art- G.D. Arts-Applied Art, Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pashan, Pune.
1994 A.T.D. – Art Teachers Diploma, Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Tilak Road, Pune
1997 Dip. A. Ed. Diploma in Art Education, Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Tilak Road, Pune
1998 B.F.A.- Bachelor of Fine Art-G.D. Arts, Drg & Painting, L.S.Raheja School of Art, Bandra, Mumbai.
2005 M.A. (Indology), Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune
2009 Ph.D., Deccan College Deemed University,Pune. Guide: Dr. Abhijeet Dandekar & Late Prof. Mukund


100 Secrets of Typography – Book for Graphic Design
Sketching, Product Rendering Technique
Printing Technology – Book for Graphic Design student
Nadbramha – Book on Yoga Meditation and Calligraphy along with Dr. Nitin Unkule as Co. Author.

Paper & Articles

1.Title of paper: Text and Visual Message can communicate a universal message through digital media.
National Visual Art Congress – 2014.

2.Title of paper: Basic Publication Design principles of grid and layout used in manuscript pages
continued in the book design and publications.
National Visual Art Congress – 2015.

3.Title of paper: The Art enriches the mind set with aesthetics and increase the sensitivity to see good
things around the kids. Case study from – Russia. National Visual Art Congress – 2016.

4.Title of Paper: The documentation of scripts and graphic need to transfer using innovative
technologies, processes and made available for readers and scholars in simplified form. Rock Art International Conference 2017. 22nd International Rock art Society of India, (150th year celebration of
Rock Art Research in India. 27th and 28th October 2017.

5.Title of Paper: Converting the concepts in rendered sketch and transfer the same in digital media for
effective communications in new media.
National Visual Art Congress – 2019.

Exhibitions & Collections

One Man Show
1994 Vidya Bhavan Hall, Pune.
1994 Symbiosis Assembly Hall, Pune.
1994, 1997, 2000, 2005 Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Pune.
2000, 04, 16 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2002, Neharu Center, Mumbai.
2011, India Art Gallery, Pune
2013, Darpan Art Gallery, Pune

Group Show Exhibition
1995, Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
1995 Kala Mela, Kolkata.
1998 ‘Monsoon’ Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1998 ‘Chatal’ Nehru Center Gallery,Mumbai.
1998 Birla Art Gallery,Mumbai.
2000 India Art Gallery, Pune.
2001, 05 Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2001, 02 Indian Oil Art Exhibition Bandra, Mumbai.
2003 State Art Exhibition Bandra, Mumbai.
2004 Raheja Golden Jubilee Year Show, Mumbai.
2004 Hotel Ex. Ashoka, New Delhi.
2005 Nehru Center, Mumbai.
2015, Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Pune

Kirloskar Oil Eng. Ltd., Pune.
Reliance India Ltd., Mumbai.
Thermax India Ltd., Pune.
Symbiosis Health Center, Hinjawadi & Pune.
Padmashree Dr.S.B. Mujumdar, Symbiosis, Pune.
Symbiosis Socity, Pune.
Shri. Atal Behari Vajpayee (Ex. Prime Minister), Delhi.
Acharya Shri Govindgiri or Kishorji Vyas, Dharmashree, Pune.
Dr. Nitin Unkule, Pune.
Mr. Gandhi, Editor Prabhat Newspapers Ltd., Pune.
Pune Hospital, pune.
Mr. Dhoot, Aurangabad.

Mr. Narendra Somani, Mumbai.
Mrs. Shobha Jhaveri, Mumbai.
Mr. Haresh Shivdasani, Mumbai.
Dr. Tannaz A Massadvala, USA.
Dr. Lars R Harrison, USA.
Mr. Harsha V Dehejia, Canada.
Mr. Moquefte, Geneva.
Mr. Adan, Israel.

Conferences/ Seminars


2007, National Workshop on Calligraphy and Typography, C-DAC, India.
2008, Typoday 08, IIT, IDC, Pawai, Mumbai.
2008, Callifest 2008, J.J.School of Art, Mumbai.
2009, Typoday 09, MIT, Pune.
2011, Typoday 11, NID, Ahemadabad.
2012, Typoday 12, IIT, IDC, Pawai, Mumbai.
2013, Typoday 13, Guvahati.
2013, Kalakshar 13, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.
2014, National Visual Art Conference, Aurangabad.
2014, P. L. Deshpande Academy, Mumbai
2014, Typoday 14, SID, Pune.
2015, National Visual Art Conference, Aurangabad.
2015, Callifest 15, JN Kaladalan, Pune.
2015, Kalakshar 15, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.
2016, International Conference on Ancient Science & Technology: Retrospection & Aspiration (ASTRA-at
Deccan College
2016, Chitrakulpa Art Institute, Pune
2016, Typoday 16, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
2016, National Visual Art Conference, Aurangabad.
2017, RASI, Conference on Rock art, Deccan College, Pune.
2017, National Calligraphy Seminar, Akshar Mahotsav, SID, Pune

2018, Internationalization of Higher Education” Conference at SIU, Pune.
2018, Mumbai. Callifest 18.

Typoday 19, IIT, IDC, Pawai, Mumbai.

2019, National Visual Art Conference, Aurangabad.
2019, Internationalization of Higher Education” Conference at SIU, Pune.
2020, Chhap, National Seminar on Identity, SID, Pune.
2021, National Webinar Conference of Fine Art, Yashwant Kala Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad.
2021, 4th Finance Seminar, Prestige Institute of Management, Gwalior.
2021, Internationalization of Higher Education” Conference at SIU, Pune.


2008. St. Petersburg, Russia. Participated in International Calligraphy Exhibition and conference
2009. Moscow, Russia. Represented India and conducted Master classes and demonstrated Indian
Calligraphy and his own calligraphy painting style, in International Calligraphy Exhibition and conference.
2010. Novgorod, Russia. Represented India and conducted Master classes and demonstrated Indian
Calligraphy and his own calligraphy painting style, in International Calligraphy Exhibition and conference.
2010, Minneapolis, U.S.A. Participated in Exhibited of Calligraphy and attended workshop mentored by
International Calligrapher Denis Brown. 29th Calligraphy Conference in Minneapolis.


1992, Aay’s Advertising Best Calligraphy Award, Pune
1992, Vanarai – Mohan Dhariya Best Poster Award, Pune
1993, 1994, Cead Best Calligraphy Award, Pune
2000, N E Pooram Award, 1st in Dip. A. Ed. Exam, Pune
2001, Rambhau Mhalagi Prabodhini, Pune
2007, Azadi Yuth to Yuth Award, Pune
2007, Rotract Club Shivaji Nagar, Pune
2009, Pune Muncipal Corporation Gourav Padak, Pune
2010, Novgorod Governor Award – Russia
2012, Mona Advertising, Pune

2015, Infant India Strokes of Glory Award, Pune

2015, Kalakshar, BHU Varanasi, U.P.
2016, Shilpakar Dinkar Thopate Amrutmahotsav Gaurav Padak, Pune.

2017, Maharashtra Kaladhyapak Sangha Sanman Patra, Pune
2017, Balgandharva Parivar, Pune.
2017, Maharashtra Police, MIA, Pune
2018, Chitrakulpa Gaurav Padak, Pune
2018, (2008, 2015,) Callifest, Pune
2020, Maharashtra Police-M.I.A., Pune.
2021, Maharashtra Police-C.I.D., Pune.