Phad painting

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Folk-deity Pabuji in Pabuji Ki Phad, a Phad painting scroll at National Museum, New Delhi

Phad painting or Phad is a style religious scroll painting and folk painting, practiced in Rajasthan state of India.[1][2] This style of painting is traditionally done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad. The narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, mostly of Pabuji and Devnarayan are depicted on the phads. The Bhopas, the priest-singers traditionally carry the painted phads along with them and use these as the mobile temples of the folk deities. The phads of Pabuji are normally about 15 feet in length, while the phads of Devnarayan are normally about 30 feet long. Traditionally the phads are painted with vegetable colors.

The Joshi families of Bhilwara, Shahpura in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan are widely known as the traditional artists of this folk art-form for the last two centuries. Presently, Shree Lal Joshi, Nand Kishor Joshi, Prakash Joshi and Shanti Lal Joshi are the most noted artists of the phad painting, who are known for their innovations and creativity.

Noted examples of this art are Devnarayan Ki Phad and Pabuji Ki Phad. .[3][4]

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  1. ^ Chillibreeze. Indian Murals and Paintings. Chillibreeze. pp. 14–. ISBN 978-81-904055-1-5. 
  2. ^ Rakesh Kumar (2007). Encyclopaedia of Indian paintings. Anmol Publications. p. 83. ISBN 978-81-261-3122-8. 
  3. ^ Dalrymple, William (2009). Nine Lives. The Singers of Epics. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. pp. 96–97. ISBN 1-4088-0153-1. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  4. ^ "The bhopas of Rajasthan". The National. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 

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Category:Indian painting