Abdul Gafur Khatri
Known forRogan art with Tree of Life motif
AwardsPadma Shri award in 2019
National Award in 1997
State Award in 1988
Rogan art with Tree of Life motif, by Abdul Gafur Khatri.

Abdul Gafur Khatri Master is a rogan artist from Nirona village in Kutch district, Gujarat, India.[1]


Abdulgafur Khatri was born in a family of rogan artists from Nirona village in Kutch. It was the last family of Rogan artists.[2] In the 1980s, Abdulgafur Khatri left Nirona and moved to Ahmedabad and then Mumbai for employment. Two years later, he returned and learned the art from his father and grandfather.[3][4][5] Rogan painting saw a resurgence due to his efforts. In addition, Abdulgafur Khatri and his family began training girls in the art which had previously been practised only by males. In 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the U.S. White House, and gave President Obama two rogan paintings, including a tree of life, which were painted by Abdulgafur Khatri and his younger brother Sumar Khatri.[6]


Abdulgafur Khatri was awarded the National Merit certificates in 1988, the State Award in 1989, the National Award in 1997,[5] and the State Certificate BY CM of Gujarat in 2013. He was also awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India in 2019,[5] and the Gujarat Tourism and Travel Excellence Award in 2021.


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  2. ^ Rahman, Azera Parveen (20 January 2018). "The last of eight generations of Rogan art in Kutch". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  3. ^ "રોગાનના કલાવાહકને 'પદ્મશ્રી': જાણો 3 સદી જૂની રોગાનની વ્હાઈટ હાઉસ સુધીની સફર". Kutchkhabar (in Gujarati). Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Megastores - Abdul Gafoor Khatri". www.megastores.com. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Sharma, Ritu (4 February 2019). "The 6 Padma". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  6. ^ Parashar, Sachin (3 October 2014). "PM Modi gives Obama rare Rogan paintings made by Gujarat-based Muslim family". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2017.