The Dynamic Pabuji: Phad Painting by Kritika Joshi


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Dimensions : H: 24(in) by W: 14(in)
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Refined artist Kritika Joshi's "The Dynamic Pabuji" masterfully captures the essence of Rajasthan's revered folk deity, Pabuji. In this intricate Phad Painting, Pabuji, believed to be the earthly incarnation of Lakshmana, is portrayed within an ornate architectural frame, his mighty spear placed before him. Servants fan him while avatars pay homage below. The celestial realm is depicted above, with the sun and moon illuminating the scene, accompanied by nymphs and watchful peacocks. The vivid color palette, traditional motifs, and dynamic composition showcase the rich storytelling tradition of Phad art, a testament to Rajasthan's cultural heritage. Joshi's work brings this mythological narrative to life with vibrant energy.


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    Artist

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    Kritika is a distinguished member of the renowned Joshi family, who have been the foremost custodians and practitioners of Phad painting for an astonishing seven centuries. As the 30th generation of her family dedicated to this traditional art form, Kritika carries forward a rich and storied legacy.

    Having graduated from the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Kritika has not only mastered the art of Phad painting but has also actively engaged with both private and non-profit organizations to promote this craft. Her efforts include conducting workshops and organizing exhibitions featuring Phad painting and related textiles. Some notable collaborations include partnerships with institutions such as Craft Village in Delhi, Amity University, and Chitrashala in Bhilwara, where she has contributed to the preservation and propagation of Phad painting. Kritika's commitment to her heritage and the broader artistic community is a testament to her dedication and passion for Phad artistry.



    Phad


      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 



    Product Details

    Title
    The Dynamic Pabuji: Phad Painting by Kritika Joshi
    Vendor
    Kritika Joshi
    Art Style
    Phad
    Medium
    Natural Colors
    Size
    Medium
    Dimension
    24 in(H) X 14 in(W)
    Themes
    Religious, Mythology
    Color
    Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
    Country of Origin
    Rajasthan, India
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