Design Track of The Goa Project 2016

Nishita Gill

@gills Proposing

Original stained glass (Tiffany-style) in India by Saarus Nirhali

Submitted Feb 6, 2016

To classify and re-introduce this European art which is restricted only to the old churches built by the British and Portugese.


How original stained glass was introduced and brought to India by the British and why India has forgotten it with only a few artists practising original stained glass in India. The art has much more to offer other than the prominent Church panels which too are demanding restorations, and are taken off from the Church Windows due to lack of stained glass restoration artists in India.

My objective is to share and spread the way this art is practised, how different it is from the other regular, mundane forms of glass art like, painted, etched glass etc and why one needs to have original stained glass pieces as a must in their home decor needs.

The session will include a demo on glass cutting.

Speaker bio

I am Saarus Nirhali - a lawyer, turned stained glass artist. I practise the art of original Tiffany style stained glass (NO glass painting) This is a method where each piece of pre-stained glass is cut and then soldered together with copper, lead and tin. The Tiffany style lampshade is the best and popular example of my style of work.

I have been working with Architects and art students on various projects in stained glass since 2010 and I ship my work around the globe. Teaching this art form is a passion and I have taught about 70 students in the past 5 years. I am known as ‘Glasshopper’ and my glass studio is located in Bangalore.

Here are the links to my work -

My website -
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