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Shop Ashtavinayak Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

Ashtavinayak Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

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Shop Ganesha, Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

Ganesha, Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

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Aboard the Bus: Phad Painting's Mosaic of Travelers

Aboard the Bus: Phad Painting's Mosaic of Travelers by Kalyan Joshi

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Snapshots of the Urban Beat: Modern Tapestry of Life

Snapshots of the Urban Beat: Modern Tapestry of Life Phad by Kalyan Joshi

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A Carnival of Colors: Joy of Holi Celebration

A Carnival of Colors: Joy of Holi Celebration Phad by Kalyan Joshi

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The Quest of Pabuji: Mythical Tales in Vibrant Hues

The Quest of Pabuji: Mythical Tales in Vibrant Hues Phad by Kalyan Joshi

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Guardian of Vrindavan: Krishna's Govardhan Leela

Guardian of Vrindavan: Krishna's Govardhan Leela by Kalyan Joshi

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Lotus Melodies: Krishna's Flute Enchants the Kamal Talai

Lotus Melodies: Krishna's Flute Enchants the Kamal Talai by Kalyan Joshi

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Ruler of Nobility Prithviraj Chauhan's Courtly Grandeur, Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi
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Benevolent Serenity: Lord Vishnu's Tranquil Rest

Benevolent Serenity: Lord Vishnu's Tranquil Rest by Kalyan Joshi

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The Grand Parade: Phad Painting's Pageantry of the King

The Grand Parade: Phad Painting's Pageantry of the King by Kalyan Joshi

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The Devotional Odyssey: Exploration of the Hanuman Chalisa
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Divine Verses: Journey through the Hanuman Chalisa

Divine Verses: Journey through the Hanuman Chalisa by Kalyan Joshi

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Journey of Faith: Devotees of Shrinath Ji

Journey of Faith: Devotees of Shrinath Ji by Kalyan Joshi

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Tales of Pabuji A Tapestry of Phad Art by Kalyan Joshi

Tales of Pabuji: A Tapestry of Phad Art by Kalyan Joshi

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Tales Unveiled - Valor of Pabuji Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

Tales Unveiled - Valor of Pabuji Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

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Legend Unveiled Pabuji's Legacy Through Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

Legend Unveiled: Pabuji's Legacy Through Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

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Celebration of Kulu Pabuji’s Tales of Victory, Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi
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Colours of Love and Valour A Phad Painting Tapestry by Kalyan Joshi

Colours of Love and Valour: A Phad Painting Tapestry by Kalyan Joshi

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Majesty and Grace The Regal Court of Pabuji in Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi
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Harmony of Rajasthan A Tapestry of the Life of Pabuji, Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi
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Tales of Valour Phad's Painting of Pabuji, by Kalyan Joshi

Tales of Valour: Phad's Painting of Pabuji, by Kalyan Joshi

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Symphony of the Trees: Mother Nature and Her Kindness

Symphony of the Trees: Mother Nature and Her Kindness by Kalyan Joshi

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About Phad

Phad art is a style of traditional folk painting, practiced in the state of Rajasthan, India. Known for its vivid colors and intricate details, Phad paintings serve as visual narratives that depict stories from epics, folklore, and religious texts. The term ‘Phad’ refers to the large scrolls or banners on which these stories are painted. Traditionally, it is not made for art sake, but to serve as ‘portable temples’ to the deities of the Rebari tribe.

History and Tradition

The origins of Phad painting can be traced back over 700 years ago to the Joshi family in Shahpura and Bhilwara, Rajasthan. However, the artists in the family believe that this art form has existed for a hundred thousand years. This folk art form is primarily associated with the Rebari tribe and Bhopas (priests in the tribe) follow the tradition of traveling and singing about the epics painted in the Phad, from village to village.

The tradition of Phad painting is largely centered around the stories of Pabuji and Devnarayan, revered deities in Rajasthan's local folklore. The scrolls were used by the Bhopas during religious ceremonies and community gatherings, where they would unroll the Phad and narrate the stories, often accompanied by music and song.

Technique and Details

Phad painting involves a meticulous process, starting from scrolls made from hand-woven cotton fabric, which is first soaked overnight and then stretched on a wooden frame. The fabric is then treated with a mixture of rice paste and gum to create a smooth, durable surface for painting. The drawings are done using charcoal or a light pencil and then colored with natural vegetable dyes.

The stories depicted in Phad paintings usually revolve around heroic tales, divine exploits, and legendary feats. Characters are portrayed with expressive facial features and dynamic poses. However, the scenes are not linear or chronological and work on the principles of ‘horror vacui’. The protagonist looms over the composition and place gets primacy over time. The colors used in Phad paintings also have symbolic meaning—red for valor and strength, green for nature and life, yellow for knowledge, and blue for divinity. Artists often work collaboratively, with one person sketching the outlines and others filling in the colors and details. 

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