Dilshad Hussain: The Master Craftsman from the Brass City of India

By Alok Ranjan Rai, Assistant Director, Press Information Bureau
By Alok Ranjan Rai, Assistant Director, Press Information Bureau

10 Sep, 2023

Dilshad Hussain: The Master Craftsman from the Brass City of India

As the world’s leaders converge in New Delhi to discuss the pressing issues of the globe, India showcases not only its diplomatic prowess, but also its artistic splendour. In the Bharat Mandapam, a ‘Crafts Bazaar’ welcomes the G20 visitors with a dazzling display of the nation’s diverse and exquisite craftsmanship. Among the stalls, one stands out with its gleaming brass vessels, engraved with intricate designs. This is the work of Dilshad Hussain, a Padma Shri awardee from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, who has impressed none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his skill.

Dilshad Hussain with his carvings at Crafts bazaar

The phone call that changed everything

Hussain shot to fame when the PM visited his stall at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow and admired his creations. A few days later, he received a call that changed his life. The PM had chosen one of his black pots to gift to the German chancellor at the G7 Summit in Italy. Hussain was over the moon with this honour and declined any payment for his pot, saying that it was a gift for India. His family and his colony rejoiced with him and celebrated his achievement.

“Matka” with Nakashi by Dilshad Hussain- PM Modi's gift to German chancellor

The art of Brass Nakashi of Moradabad

Dilshad Hussain is a master of the brass art of Moradabad, also known as “Peetal Nagari” or brass city of India. He has been awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country, for his contribution to the craft. He has also received the “Shilpa Guru” award six years ago from the then president Ram Nath Kovind.

Hussain explaining the technique behind his craft, which he learned from his grandfather, said that he first sketches the design on paper, then traces it on the brass vessel with a fine engraving tool and a wooden block. This type of engraving is called “Marodi”.

Keeping the legacy alive

Hussain is proud of his art and wants to promote it across the world. He has been training young people, many of them women, in his craft and hopes to pass on his legacy to the next generation.

Hussain’s work is a reflection of the rich and diverse heritage of India, which has been appreciated by people around the world. He is an inspiration for many aspiring artisans who want to pursue their passion and make a mark in the world.



Alok Ranjan Rai, Assistant Director (IIS), Press Information Bureau