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Swaying in Splendor: Melodic Portrait of King and Queen
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The Majesty Within: Reflection of King and Entourage

The Majesty Within: Reflection of King and Entourage by Kalyan Joshi

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Royal Garden: The Queen and Her Maiden by Kalyan Joshi

Royal Garden: The Queen and Her Maiden by Kalyan Joshi

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Vibrant Reverence – King and His Devotee by Kalyan Joshi

Vibrant Reverence – King and His Devotee by Kalyan Joshi

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Royal Journey: A Tapestry of Phad Art

Royal Journey: A Tapestry of Phad Art by Kalyan Joshi

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Wisdom of the Woods: Serenading Deer

Wisdom of the Woods: Serenading Deer by Kalyan Joshi

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Golden Serenity: A Radiant Tree

Golden Serenity: A Radiant Tree by Kalyan Joshi

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Buy Dance scene along with musical instruments: Phad by Kalyan Joshi

Dance scene along with musical instruments: Phad by Kalyan Joshi

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Buy Depiction of a royal scene: Phad by Kalyan Joshi

Portrayal of a regal trip: Phad by Kalyan Joshi

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Regal trip on elephant: Phad by Kalyan Joshi

Regal trip on elephant: Phad by Kalyan Joshi

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Royal imagery in Phad by Kalyan Joshi

Royal imagery in Phad by Kalyan Joshi

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The Tranquil Indulgence: The King's Hookah Ritual

The Tranquil Indulgence: The King's Hookah Ritual by Kalyan Joshi

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Royal Embrace – Phad Art with Ceremony

Royal Embrace – Phad Art with Ceremony by Kalyan Joshi

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Victory of the King: Floral Celebration

Victory of the King: Floral Celebration by Kalyan Joshi

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Vibrant travel: Hues of Phad Art

Vibrant travel: Hues of Phad Art by Kalyan Joshi

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Regal Reverence: A Tapestry of Phad Art

Regal Reverence: A Tapestry of Phad Art by Kalyan Joshi

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Royal Splendour: Travel through Art

Royal Splendour: Travel through Art by Kalyan Joshi

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Journey of Love: The Royal Couple on Camel

Journey of Love: The Royal Couple on Camel by Kalyan Joshi

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Embrace of Majesty: Serene Swing in Phad Art

Embrace of Majesty: Serene Swing in Phad Art by Kalyan Joshi

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Blossoms of Harmony: A Colourful Encounter Under the Lush Tree
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Lush Harmony: Hues of Regality

Lush Harmony: Hues of Regality by Kalyan Joshi

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Royal Swing: Symphony of Phad Art

Royal Swing: Symphony of Phad Art by Kalyan Joshi

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Regal Love: Beneath the Tree of Phad Art

Regal Love: Beneath the Tree of Phad Art by Kalyan Joshi

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Symphony of Nature: Sustenance of the Desert

Symphony of Nature: Sustenance of the Desert by Kalyan Joshi

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The Banyan's Refuge: Embracing Camels

The Banyan's Refuge: Embracing Camels by Kalyan Joshi

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Tale of Cows Beneath the Banyan's Embrace by Kalyan Joshi

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Illuminating Harmony The Dance of Grace

Illuminating Harmony: The Dance of Grace by Kalyan Joshi

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Eternal Blessings: the Nurturing Tree and Cows

Eternal Blessings: the Nurturing Tree and Cows by Kalyan Joshi

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The Sacred Oasis: Blossoming Tree and Desert Caravan

The Sacred Oasis: Blossoming Tree and Desert Caravan by Kalyan Joshi

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Majestic Reverie: Invitation to the Serenity

Majestic Reverie: Invitation to the Serenity 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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