Shanta K.Hattarki completed his G.D. in Art with a specialization in Drawing and Painting from the Ideal Fine Art Institute (IFAI) in Gulbarga. He has participated in numerous solo shows and exhibitions and joint shows with his wife JyotiHattarki. ShantkumarHattarki was honoured with an award by the Art Society of India, Mumbai, in 2004, and won a Silver Medal from the Rajeev Gandhi Art Foundation in 2003.
His paintings are deeply rich in colour and texture. His larger than life figures have distinct dimensions and features that truly demonstrate his masterfulness as an artist. The musical instruments, expressions and movements suggest festivity and enjoyment. The bright colors he uses further highlight this theme. There is tremendous detailing in his work, especially with the unique features and garments. All these elements together make for fabulous art.