Born in Delhi, Prem Behari Narain Raizada was a great calligraphist.
When the task of writing the Constitution was handed over to him, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had asked him his fee.
Raizada, a graduate of St. Stephens, said, “I have everything that I need, so I won’t charge a penny. All I desire is that I be allowed to write my name on every page of the Constitution and the name of my grandfather along with mine on the last page.”
His wish was granted and Prem Bihari Raizada began writing in his own hand what would define the character of India.
It took him six months and 254 pen-holder nibs of N0.303 type to write the Constitution.
It was this handwritten constitution which was signed by all members of the Constituent Assembly in January 1950.
Later copies of the original Constitution was made using photolithograph process at the office of Survey of India in Dehradun.
Raizada wrote the Constitution in the italic style. The artwork was done by Nandlal Bose.