Abdul Gafur Khatri’s family in Nirona have been upholders of the fine ancient Persian art of Rogan painting which is often mistaken for printing. Seven generations of the Khatri family have been practising the art of Rogan painting, an ancient skill with Persian origins.
His family stands out, for they appear to be the only practising the little known art of Rogan painting.
It was 1983 and Abdul became so enchanted with Rogan that he promised his father he would take it to the international level. He fulfilled his promise when Rogan art was presented to (US President) Barack Obama on Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in 2014.
In 1988, he won State award and in 1997, the National award. It was Khatri’s intricate work on a saree that won him National award. In a dramatic departure from tradition, Abdul Ghafur in now teaching Rogan to women in collaboration with non-profit organisation.