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Phad Art

Phad art is a 700-year-old art form, practiced on long religious scrolls, meant to serve as movable temples. These Rajasthani paintings were originally carried as accompaniments by Bhopas, travelling priests or folk baladeers who did musical performances singing praises of the folk deities, Pabuji and Devnarayanji. Painted on linear canvases, the phads of Pabuji are 15 feet long while those of Devnarayanji are 30 feet long and both are five feet wide. As these performances happened at dusk, the canvases are traditionally unscrolled at sunset. Historically, these were two real local legends, even now, worshipped as reincarnations of Lord Vishnu and Lord Laxman.

In Bhilwara, Shahpura in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan reside the Joshi families, standard bearers of this ancient art. They are called Chiteras and belong to the Chipa cast. These artists fill these horizontal canvases with stunning detail, capturing several stories from the folk epics within one gorgeous frame. Two-dimensional renderings of the characters fill every inch of the canvas. The characters portrayed within a Phad painting, were sized according to their status and facing each other. Modern renderings of the Phad painting are also done in collage style.

 

Artists used vegetable dyes to bring alive these martial tales of local hero-gods. The canvases are handspun made of Khadi or Reja. Before painting they are starched with a boiled mixture of rice flour and water. The artists then bring the canvas to a smooth sheen by rubbing it all over with a stone. A mix of natural pigments such as indigo and sea shells is then prepared to make the colors for the painting. After making a ritual offering of coconut to the Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning, the painting is begun on an auspicious day. The artist will first render the painting in a pale yellow color, dividing the canvas up into panels. Rich colors and subtle black outlines follow. These canvases bear the name of the master artist and are each a continuation of a tradition and unique at the same time. These folk ballads in scroll form are a beautiful piece of visual story-telling.

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Artist: Kalyan Joshi Medium: Natural colours on paper Size: 14" x 23.5" (inches) Genre: Phad Ashtavinayaka meaning"eight Ganeshas". is the  Hindu deity of unity, prosperity & learning and is considered the remover of obstacles.The Ashtavinayaka yatra trip refers to a pilgrimage to the eight Hindu temples in the State of Maharashtra that house these eight distinct idols of Ganesha, in a pre-ascertained sequence. The pilgrimage covers the...

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Artist: Kalyan Joshi Medium: Natural colours on paper Size: 14" x 23.5" (inches) Genre: Phad Das avatara refers to the ten avatars of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Vishnu is said to  descend in the form of an avatar to restore cosmic order. The various forms are: Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki. The order of the Dashavataras has been interpreted to be reflective of Darwinian evolution....

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Artist: Kalyan Joshi Medium: Natural colours on paper Size: 14" x 23.5" (inches) Genre: Phad Lakshmi is considered the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. She is the wife and active energy of Vishnu. The four goals of human life drama, kama, artha and moksha considered to be important to the Hindu way of life represented through her four hands...

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Artist: Kalyan Joshi Medium: Natural colours on paper Size: 14"x 23.5" (inches) Genre: Phad Ganesha also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most   worshipped deities in Hinduism.Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and  the God of intellect and wisdom he is also the God of beginnings and is invoked...

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Artist: Kalyan Joshi Medium: Natural colours on paper Size: 3 ft x 4 ft  Genre: Phad Gangaur is one of the most important festivals of the people of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the state with great fervour and devotion by women who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shival. It is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. Gana,...

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Artist: Kalyan Joshi Medium: Natural colours on paper Size: 3 ft x 4 ft Genre: Phad Holi is a spring festival and is also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. The celebrations begin with the Holi bonfire being lit the night before. People pray to help them get rid of their evils. The next morning is the festival of...

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Artist: Kalyan Joshi Medium: Natural colours on paper Size: 2 ft x 3 ft Genre: Phad Holi is celebrated at the approach of the vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date can vary each year as per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March. stival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter and...

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Artist: Kalyan Joshi Medium: Natural colours on paper Size: 14" x 23.5" (inches) Genre: Phad Krishna, the most beloved of the Gods and the eighth incarnation of Vishnu is worshipped with a lot of fervor. The artwork depicts the various events in the life of  the God, beginning with the imprisonment of his parents Vasudev and Devaki.  Vasudev taking the baby across the...