Rogan art form has been practised in Kutch, India by seven genrations of a single family. It is a unique art form that involves painting with a paste made up from castor oil and powdered natural colours. Rogan painting is delicately and precisely painted from one’s own creative imagination and is done with total concentration sitting on the floor without using a table-frame or any outline.
The rich tradition of Rogan painting began some centuries ago among the Khatris, a Muslim community who trace their origin to Sindh.The other Khatri craftsmen gave up their ancestral craft after it stopped yielding good returns and switched over to other jobs but not this particular family. Abdul Bhai Khatri is a renowned painter of rogan art has been awarded a national award in 1997 by the Prime Minister.