Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar

K K Hebbar in Bombay on 11 December 1945.
Born Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar
Kattingeri, near Udupi, Karnataka, India
Died 1996
Nationality Indian
Education Académie Julian
J. J. School of Art
Known for Painting
Awards Padma Bhushan
Padma Shri
Fellowship of the Lalit Kala Akademi

Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar (1911–1996)[1] better known as K.K. Hebbar was a celebrated artist known for his India themed artworks.[2]

Early life

Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar was born in 1911[3] in Kattingeri near Udupi, India in a Tulu speaking Brahmin family. Hebbar was inclined towards art from his childhood, because his father was an occasional sculptor who used to make Ganesha idols. Coming from an artistic family background Hebbar pursued art and formally studied at the J. J. School of Art (Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art) in Mumbai between 1940-1945.[4] Later he studied art at the Académie Julian in Paris. He was corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin between 1975-1993.


Hebbar's early artwoks were called his Kerala phase because of his depiction of the landscapes of the regions of Malabar and Tulu Nadu. Later he experimented with other themes. His artworks were inspired by Paul Gauguin and Amrita Sher-Gil. He first won international audiences at the Art Now In India exhibitions in 1965 which were held in London and Brussels. Hebbar participated in various International art exhibitions like the Venice Biennale, São Paulo Art Biennial and Tokyo Biennale. Today, his artworks are considered highly influential in Indian Art History.

Sketches and Paintings

  • Krishna and the Panchajanya
  • Arjuna's Dejection
  • Krishna the Charioteer
  • The Forest
  • The Birth of Bangladesh
  • The Veena
  • Lord of the Land
  • Cock Fight
  • The Tamasha Folkdance
  • The Tamasha Folkdance
  • The Multi-faceted Shiavaram Karanth
  • Divesting of Draupadi[2]


Hebbar won many awards throughout his lifetime including India's fourth and third highest civilian awards the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.[5] Other of his awards include Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, the Bombay Art Society Award, the Bombay State Award, the Lalit Kala Akademi Award, Varna Shilpi K Venkatappa Award, an honorary doctorate from Mysore University, Soviet Land Nehru Award.


  1. "K. K. Hebbar by Purnima Varman". Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  2. 1 2 "Kamat's Potpourri: Art of K.K. Hebbar". www.kamat.com. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  3. "K K Hebbar". www.havanltd.in. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  4. Benezit Dictionary of Artists
  5. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
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