Krishn Kanhai, an artist with a Midas touch...

A Padma Shri awardee, Krishn Kanhai is described as an artist with the Midas touch.

He is a master in contemporary, portrait as well as traditional gold painting. He has, however, not confined himself to the traditional alone but has also introduced certain significant techniques of his own that make the canvas aesthetically appealing and spiritually rich.

He started painting on folk themes while still in his teens in 1976 and gradually came to evolve a style of his own, which bore his personal stamp. It did not take much time for him to get known, as the precursor of the Yamuna Ghat Painting school, has painted thousands of portraits on the now perishing theme of Radha-Krishna and their tales. Call him a fusion artist, if you like for making beautiful use of enchanting Radha-Krishna postures and turning them into contemporary modern art, eye-catching and unforgettable at once. Stand before a Krishn Kanhai portrait of Krishna and, very often, you lose the sense of time as you keep on gazing at the Lord of Vrindavan, which seems to cast a spell over the on-looker. He often uses pure gold and precious gems as raw materials for his paintings.

Following in the footsteps of his father and mentor Padmashri Kanhai Chitrakar who himself was a renowned Krishna and Radha artist, young Krishna was encouraged by his father to carve his own niche, which he did earlier than expected. It is seldom, if ever that a father and a son have been honored with a national award like Padmashri.

A life-size portrait of Atal Bihari Vajpayee former Prime Minister of India, painted by Krishn Kanhai, hangs in the Central Hall of the Parliament in New Delhi, which was inaugurated in February 2019 by then President of India, Ramnath Kovind in the presence of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several others.

Modest to the core, Krishn Kanhai is an artist of International fame known to the political elite of the world, with several Presidents and Prime Ministers among his clients whose portraits were done by him in 2000. The list includes names like Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former Deputy Prime Minister of India Lal Krishna Advani, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and his family, besides the eminent industrialist Aditya Birla and his wife Rajshri Birla together with, one of her own kind politician, film actor and dream girl Hema Malini. For his outstanding and original contribution to the art of portraits and painting, the Government honored him with Padmashri in 2004. He is also the recipient of the National Kalidas Award 2009-10 from the Government of Madhya Pradesh as well as the Yash Bharti Award from the Uttar Pradesh Government (2015), and many more.

In 2016, on request from the Uttar Pradesh Government, he painted Life-size portraits of 22 Chief Ministers of UP- past and present along with 19 past and present Speakers of the UP Assembly besides two life-size portraits of Mahatma Gandhi. The paintings of the father-son duo are so highly acclaimed in the art circles of India that in 2004, 

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