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Phad paintings are a 700 year old tradition of Rajasthani folk art originating from the city of Shahpura in Rajasthan. The word ‘Phad’ means canvas or fold in local dialects of the region. These are considered to be mobile temples and narrate beautiful stories of hindu mythology and local deities. The priests were nomads who traveled village to village and narrated these beautifully depicted stories to people. 

Phad paintings are extensive and not only complex in stories but also in its technique. First the canvas is prepared with a mixture of rice flour which is boiled with water - we apply this paste to the canvas which is called kheria gond. The cloth is then stretched and dried in sunlight and polished with a stone tool called Mohra. 

This workshop holds the beauty of working with natural colors used by Phad artists on the raw wasli paper used to paint original Phad paintings using natural brushes. Colors used in this style of paintings are naturally sourced and made by the artists using natural pigments sourced from stones, flowers, plants and herbs. The artwork depicts Laxmi, Ganesh and Saraswati together sitting on lotus seats gracefully depicted with vibrant shades of red, blue and browns. Drawing and having these three idols together holds great significance as Ganesha represents wisdom & intelligence, Saraswati represents knowledge and skills & Laxmi represents wealth and prosperity. To keep the wealth and prosperity along with knowledge and skills it’s important we cultivate wisdom and intelligence! That’s the reason we always paint Ganesha, Laxmi & Saraswati.

We will be taught by one of the members and learned artists of the Joshi Family who are the barriers of this artforms legacy  ‘Mr. Kalyan Joshi’. Kalyan Joshi will guide you on how to create the basic drawings shown in the image in Phad style. The painting maybe simplified a bit during the workshop.


Materials that we will send to you:

  • Wasli Paper
  • Natural Colors
  • Natural Hair Brushes     

 Materials that you will need:

  • A4 Size plain paper (a couple of extra sheets to practice sketching)
  • Poster colors (preferred, if you don’t have access to poster colors, you can use acrylic colors)
  • Brushes (size 0 to size 4/5), water and palette for mixing
  • Black pen for outlines (not mandatory, can outline with brush and paint too)
  • Pencil and rubber for sketching

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Kalyan Joshi

One of the master artists of the art form Padh, Kalyan Joshi, he started learning and working with his father and Guru Shree Shrilal Joshi in his childhood at the young age of eight years. The Joshi family have been the traditional artists of Phad for the last few centuries. Kalyan Joshi has given new dimensions to Phad painting with his monochromatic renditions, collaborations with narrative poetry and more. He received the prestigious National Award in 2012.  He is also the founder of "ANKAN" Kala Sansthan, which served thousands of children with phad paintings.

Art Form



The Phad painting tradition is widely prevalent in the western state of Rajasthan. It is a folk heritage which is part of both the tangible and intangible aspects of our heritage. Traditionally, the Phad paintings were religious and seldom done commercially. However, today we see its commercialization as it is not possible for the artists to survive solely on the basis of commissions from religious Phad. There has been no literary record of the development or even the mention of Phad in the court traditions of the provincial courts of Rajasthan. This is because these paintings were not made for artistic purposes but were religious in nature.

Phad paintings are the most complex and elaborate of the pictorial devices used for story telling in India. They were traditionally used as movie scrolls, with special emphasis on each scene. They narrated the stories of local folk deities such as Pabuji, Devnarayan, Ramdev pir, Dharamraj, etc. These local heroes are different from each other, but are worshipped because of the similar reason that they have all protected their cattle.

The history of Phad paintings date back to 700 years and are of pure indian subcontinental origin. The chitera, or the professional Phad painters developed the art form in the district of Pur, near Bhilwara, Rajasthan. The traditional painters migrated to Shahpura in the 16th century and then to the city of Bhilwara in the 19th century.

Find more about this Living Temple Heritage of Bhilwara here 

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