Shri Devaki Nandan Sharma, son of the royal poet of the ancient princely state of Jaipur, was born on 17 April 1917 in Alwar. In 1936, he received a Diploma in Arts from Maharaja’s School of Art, Jaipur.
You have been the Chairman of the Painting Department at Banasthali Vidyapeeth. You have done exhibitions in London, Tokyo, Victoria, Jaipur, Allahabad, Mansoori, Delhi and Bombay etc. In 1946-47, you received training in wall painting from Nandlal Vasu and Binod Bihari Mukherjee in Shanti Niketan.
Since 1953, you have been organizing training camps every year during summer vacations for technical education in mural making (fresco and tempera) in Banasthali Vidyapeeth. You have also participated in the All India Kalidas Festival.
You are a painter of the Bengal style tradition and a disciple of Shri Shailendranath De. The murals you have painted on ancient subjects in the buildings of Banasthali Vidyapeeth are an invaluable treasure of art. Bird painting is your favorite subject and the amount of detail with which you have painted the peacock figure has no comparison in the entire world.
You are counted among the leading bird painters around the world and many of your beautiful paintings of peacocks have been published. Currently, you are living a retired life. You have been honored for your art in India and abroad.
He has also been nominated as a member of the Academic Council of Rajasthan University and Vice-Chairman and Fellow of Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy.
Roopkrishna, Charu Rai, Sunayana Devi, Mukul Chandra De, Surendra Nath Kar, Prashant Kumar Rai, Bratindranath Thakur and Kripal Singh Shekhawat etc. are other prominent artists of Thakur style.