Bandenawaz Badshah Nadaf was born into a poor family in Mumbai on 5 February 1987. He was born with a birth defect of both his upper limbs i.e. Right hand with a very short stump and the absence of a left hand. However, despite their difficulties, his family helped him to learn to write with his foot. Bandenawaz attended a Hindi medium school up to Class VIII and was a very good student. Slowly his love for art took direction and he began to paint with his foot. Soon he became an accomplished foot painter and won prizes in several Inter-school and national level art competitions in India.