Ismail Sulemanji Khatri

Ismail Sulemanji Khatri
इसमाइल सुलेमानजी खत्री
Ismail Sulemanji Khatri
Khatri (right) receiving Shilp Guru Award from President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi 2012
Mohammed Ismail

(1937-08-12)12 August 1937
Died28 April 2014(2014-04-28) (aged 76)
Resting placeBagh, Madhya Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Known forBagh Print
Spouse(s)Jetun Bee
ChildrenAbdul Kadar Khatri
Mohammed Yusuf Khatri[4][5]
Mohammed Rafik Khatri
Mohammed Dawood Khatri
Umar Faruk Khatri
RelativesMohammed Bilal Khatri (Grandson)
Mohammed Arif Khatri (Grandson)
Kasim Khatri (Grandson)
Abdul Karim Khatri(Grandson)
AwardsShilp Guru 2010[6]
National Award 1984

Ismail Sulemanji Khatri (12 August 1937 – 28 April 2014) was an Indian craftsman, especially known for his invention of the Bagh print, a part of the centuries-old hand block printing practice.[7]

He started block printing having moved to Bagh in the 1950s. As well as using traditional blocks, some 200–300 years old, he had new blocks made with designs inspired by the jali patterns found locally and at the Taj Mahal. He improved upon the red and black dyes previously used, and developed new vegetable-based dyes. Success came particularly when he started printing on bed sheets, saris and fabrics.[8]


  • Lifetime achievement awards for Handicrafts 2013
  • Received the 2010 Shilp Guru Award, the highest award of the Indian Craftsmanship.
  • National Award from former President of India Shri Gyani Zail Singh at the Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi in 1984.
  • State Award government of Madhya Pradesh 1978
  • State Santavna Award government of Madhya Pradesh 1976


  1. ^ "Bagh legend Ismail Khatri dies in Dhar district". Times of India. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Mastercraftsperson of Bagh Hand Block Print Craft Condoled".
  3. ^ "了赢家彩票-官网".
  4. ^ "A Humbling Exploration of Bagh". 6 April 2012.
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  6. ^ "Shilp Guru award for Ismail Suleman Khatri". Times of India. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ "The man behind the craft". The Hindu. 17 February 2003. Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  8. ^ Chari, Pushpa (20 October 2011). "The Bagh story…". The Hindu.