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Krishen Khanna

Krishen Khanna


1. Padma Bhushan recipient, Krishen Khanna was born in 1925 in Lyallpur (modern-day Faislabad), and is one of the most versatile modernists of that time. Krishen Khanna witnessed the India Pakistan partition in 1947.

2. The self-taught artist completed his studies in England and landed a job in Grindlays Bank, Bombay where he was invited to be a part of the Progressive Artists’ Group.

3. The first exhibition where his work was featured was held in 1949 and since then there has been no turning back. Here we bring you some of his famous art pieces that were painted by the one and only.

4. Krishen Khanna’s two famous paintings out of many Autumn Girl

This art depicts a young woman with bare twigs and branches bunched in her hands. It is likely one such painting from 1959.

Study For The Last Supper

Krishen Khanna’s fascination with religious symbolism, particularly Christian imagery, dates back to his childhood, when his father brought home a replica of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. At the age of seven, he attempted to duplicate it, which was both his first attempt at making art and the beginning of his obsession with the subject.

5. Krishen Khanna- Awards and Festivals

         He won several awards like

  • 63rd National Film Awards — Best Art/Cultural film

  • 63rd National Film Awards — Best music (non feature film category)

  • New York Indian Film Festival — Nominated for Best Documentary — May 2016

  • 3rd Cinema Indien, Stockholm — Official selection — April2016

  • All Lights India International Film Festival — Official Selection — November 2015

6. Krishen Khanna’s fellowship and honors

  • Rockefellar Fellowship (1962)

  • National Award Lalit Kala Academi (1965)

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  • Fellowship of the Council of Economics and Cultural Affairs, New York (1965)

  • Gold Medal First Triennale of Contemporary World Art, New Delhi (1968)

  • President’s Award, International Festival of Art, Baghdad, Iraq (1986)

  • Gold Medal First Biennale Of Art, Lahore, Pakistan (1986)

  • Padma Shri by Gov’t of India (1990)

  • Padma Bhushan by Gov’t of India (2011)

7. Krishen Khanna’s A Far Afternoon is a painted tale (2015)

A Far Afternoon — A Painted Saga by Krishen Khanna, a feature documentary directed by Sruti Harihara Subramanian and produced by Piramal Art Foundation, has won two national awards for Best Art/Cultural Film and Best Music (Non-Feature).

The video is an attempt by the director to record the artistic process involved in the production of the titular art piece by veteran artist Krishen Khanna, as well as to trace some of the artist’s influences. A Far Afternoon, a five-part video, explores the influences that finally manifested themselves on canvas. The city of Bombay, where Krishen Khanna was initiated into the Progressive Artists Group; the baraaat (wedding procession), a tradition in Indian weddings; the colour palette of yellow, blue, and white; and other artists and art works that have led him to this location and time. Aravind-Jai Shankar, the music directors for A Far Afternoon, are located in Chennai, India. They’ve worked on several projects including music, sound design, and audio production, including national award-winning films, documentaries, advertising campaigns, computer and mobile device games, and many more.

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