Tridevi Phad Painting by Kalyani Joshi
In the painting we observe that the scene depicted is that of demons being killed by Ma Durga. Ma Durga is on her vahana, the lion, charging ahead to kill these demons. In the other half of the painting we see that up in the heavens, Ma Lakshmi and Ma Saraswati are present. They could be providing strength to Ma Durga on the battlefield or they could just be observing the ongoings of the battlefield.
About the art : A legacy passed down over generations, a 700-year-old legacy called Phad finds its origins in Shahpura, near Bhilwara, Rajasthan. Phad is a type of scroll painting that depicts religious stories of local deities and gods. Created as travelling or mobile temples, priest-singers of the Rabari tribe, called Bhopas and Bhopis would carry these traditional paintings. They would sing and perform stories of their local deities - Devnarayanji (a reincarnation of Vishnu) and Pabuji (a local hero). The Phad painting would be unrolled, or unfolded after sunset, and the performance in front of village members would last into the night. This is perhaps why the paintings are called ‘Phad’, which means ‘fold’ in the local dialect.
About the artist : Born in 1969 at Bhilwara in Rajasthan, Kalyan Joshi comes from a lineage of Phad painters of the 13th century. Starting to paint when he was just eight, under the guidance of his father Padma Shree Lal Joshi, he has continued to paint and refine his skills. Although he graduated in Commerce, it was art that he chose for his profession. He continues to paint on cloth, epics and popular legends of folk heroes and deities of Rajasthan such as Pabuji and Devnarayan, which work as the backdrops during performances of epics. Rolled up, these used to be taken along by singers as they travelled through the villages. While retaining the essence of Phad, Kalyan also experiments with line drawing and collage; character animation and montage to give his stories a contemporary touch. Founder of the Ankan Artists’ Group, he has also been running Chitrashala, an art school for children in his hometown. He has received the Gauri Shankar Mehta Award and National Merit Award and has conducted numerous workshops. His work has been exhibited in shows at Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bhopal, Mumbai, Singapore, New York, London and Spain, amongst others. The artist lives and works in Bhilwara and his daughter Kritika Joshi is also continuing the tradition of Phad.
- Size: 2*3 x 3 feet
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- Handpainted in Phad style with natural pigment colours on cloth
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• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
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