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Art is not just for art enthusiasts but for everyone as colours do not discriminate between who is good at giving the art a form. Hence, humans have the knack to give a flair to everything they make. Right from architecture, to poetry to portraits and more. Padma Shri Krishn Kanhai is one such preserver of artwork who has protected the legacy for 46 years which was passed down to him by his father. He has painted almost 5,000 paintings throughout his career. Now, bringing forward his work to the people of Mumbai, Krishn Kanhai Ji has held his art exhibition at the famous ISKCON temple, in Mumbai.

Presented by ace fashion designer and politician Shaina N C and Tao Foundation, the opening event was graced by some renowned names in the political and entertainment world. While Actor Shilpa Shetty and Rajesh Sharma, Founder of Capri Global Capital Limited inaugurated the event, some big names such as politician and Eknath Shinde’s son, Shrikant Shinde, Chandrashekhar Bawankule and many more personalities made their presence known.

Talking in an exclusive interview with City First, Shaina N C revealed that the idea of the exhibition was to show spirituality and art together. Kanhai Ji said, “The main subject of my paintings is Krishna. I have painted several portraits. One of them is in the parliamentary, another is UP’s assembly. One painting is also allocated in the ‘Statue of Unity,' museum. Although I got such good opportunities to paint huge personalities, my main subject is to paint Lord Krishna and his stories.”

“Whenever an artist makes a painting, his main purpose is to show that artwork to the world. Lord Krishna’s life story is such that it attracts everyone towards it. It has beauty, melody, colours and so much more. I also attempted to depict something similar and tried to bring different emotions and colours alive on the canvas,” he added.

Kanhai Ji revealed that he does not like sticking to a single form of art. Although the subject of his paintings is Lord Krishna mainly, the way he paints him is always different. “Before I sleep at night, I am always thinking about how to make my next painting more unique. Of course, I have to research a lot when taking up a new type of painting form. Even currently, while coming from Vrindavan to Mumbai, all I wanted was to give the people of Mumbai something different.”

Padmashri Krishn Kanhai’s exhibition at the ISKCON temple is open till 6th November 2022. A part of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the ISKCON temple.

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