Phad painting or Phad is a style religiousÂ scrollÂ andÂ folk painting, practiced inÂ Rajasthan. This style of painting is traditionally done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known asÂ phad. The narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, mostly ofÂ PabujiÂ andÂ Devnarayan are depicted on the phads. TheÂ Bhopas,Â the priest-singers traditionally carry the paintedÂ phads along with them and use these as the mobile temples of the folk deities. TheÂ phads of Pabuji are normally about 15 feet in length, while the phads of Devnarayan are normally about 30 feet long. Traditionally theÂ phads are painted with mineral colours.
The Joshi families of Bhilwara, Shapura in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan are widely known as the traditional artists of this folk art-form for the last two centuries.
ARTIST : Vivek Joshi, from Shahpura School of Painting