Memories

Capturing the colours of rural Gujarat

‘When photography  became popular, there were those who felt that some forms of art which strived for realism would become absolete. Artists such as Khant, whose style I would term as ‘photo realism’ have proved them wrong, by incorporating elements of these media in different ways, and always from the standpoint of unique point-of-view,’ said amit Ambalal, by way of introducing Khant’s work.
A languorousness; an earthy torpor, emanates from the canvases as they lay in wait for people of chance upon them. The aspect of those depicted show them to be more than somewhat ‘aware’ that they the object of the artist’s attention, and in this knowledge lays their power over the depicter. This power dictates how they will be etched – how they want to be seen.
Khant’s collection, as the title suggests, brings to life the Gujarati everyman, as it were – his canvases are peopled by the rural populace who remain largely unheralded except in art. His style is a distinctive one – his proportions and ‘aspect’ rendering are both sound and his use of colour is interesting, as in the canvas celebrating the arrival of a ‘New Member’ into the family, where the earthy palate of browns is broken by the vibrant hues of reds, bhue and greens which form the outfit of the new mother.
One of the most arresting features of his work, however is that the expressions of his faces of the children he depicts, whilw fresh, never venture into naivete; these children are wizened beyond their years, burdened perhaps, with the knowledge that the lives they’ve been born into are unlikely to be full of material comforts.
Harmony Siganporia,  DNA, Ahmedabad  26 March 2008

Awards and Honours

Felicitated by shree Narendra Modi on the celebration of 58 independence day of India at Anand. 2004
Felicitated by shree Narendra Modi on the celebration of 58 independence day of India at Anand. 2004
Felicitated 4th International ‘Sardar Patel Award’
by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Foundation, New Delhi. 2009
With Govindbhai Dholakia at event of 4th International ‘Sardar Patel Award’
by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Foundation, New Delhi. 2009
Felicitated 3rd ’Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award by Seemapuri Times presents (Lucknow)  New Delhi 2013
Felicitated 3rd ’Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award by Seemapuri Times presents (Lucknow)  New Delhi 2013
Felicitated ‘Gaurav Puraskar by Gujarat state lalit  lala academy, Gandhinagar 2012-13
Felicitated ‘Gaurav Puraskar by Gujarat state lalit  lala academy, Gandhinagar 2012-13
Felicitated by Pu. Shree Morari bapu at Asmitaparv:19, Mahuva. 2016
Felicitated by Pu. Shree Morari bapu at Asmitaparv:19, Mahuva. 2016
Felicitated ‘Vageswary Samman’ by ‘Daysti’ – Hindi sahitya author group of Madhya Pradesh,-Guna. 2016
Felicitated ‘Vageswary Samman’ by ‘Daysti’ – Hindi sahitya author group of Madhya Pradesh,-Guna. 2016
Felicitated ‘Kalanand’, Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation Award, Pune 2016  
Felicitated ‘Kalanand’, Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation Award, Pune 2016
Felicitated by Bhayavadar Patidar Samaj, Bhayavadar. 2016 (My Native place)
Felicitated ‘Kala sadhana samman’ by Karvat kala parishad, Bhopal. 2017
Felicitated ‘Kalaratn award’ by Gujarat kala pratisthan Surat 2018
Felicitated at Sarjan jyot utsav, by Gujarat visual artist’s Association, Ahmedabad 2017
Felicitated by Nivedita Foundation Anand 2018
Felicitated by Nivedita Foundation Anand 2018
Felicitated by innovative art group and Porbandar nagar palika, Porbandar 2017
Felicitated by innovative art group and Porbandar nagar palika, Porbandar 2017
Felicitated by Nitin Patel – Dy. Chief minister of Gujarat at Veena Yadav’s show. Anand 2018
With Nitin Patel Dy. CM, Ashok Yadav IPS, Dhaval Patel Collector, Pankaj Patel and Mamta Patel at Veena Yadav’s show. Anand 2018
Felicitated by Creative campus International art association, Manali 2017
Felicitated by Creative campus International art association, Manali 2017
Felicitated by ‘Varsha : 15’  Senior artists National  painting worksho at Surya art gallery,  Saputara 2016
Felicitated by ‘Varsha : 15’  Senior artists National  painting worksho at Surya art gallery,  Saputara 2016
Felicitated ‘Vidya puraskar, by Maha kaushal kala parishad Raipur. 1993
Felicitated by Bhupen Khakhkhar at An annual event of Kalakendra collage of fine arts, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Felicitated by Governor shree Chandy at State exhibition of Gujarat state lalit kala academy, Ahmedabad 1984
Felicitated by Shomalal Shah at An annual event of Kalakendra collage of fine arts, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Felicitated by Shomalal Shah at An annual event of Kalakendra collage of fine arts, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Felicitated by K K Hebbar at An annual event of Kalakendra collage of fine arts, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Felicitated by H. M. Patel at An annual event of Kalakendra collage of fine arts, Vallabh Vidyanagar