Pabuji, is revered as a great hero and adulatory verses are sung in his praise by the Bhopas. The phad that shows as entire sequence of events from his birth to death, has crowded scenes and innumerable figures full of movement, but, that of Pabuji, astride the Kesar kalimi, a beautiful black mare, is most prominent.
Phad paintingÂ orÂ PhadÂ is a style religiousÂ scrollÂ andÂ folk painting, practiced inÂ Rajasthan.Â 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 DevnarayanÂ are depicted on theÂ 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 theÂ phads of Devnarayan are normally about 30 feet long. Traditionally theÂ phads are painted with mineral colours.
The Joshi families ofÂ Bhilwara,Â Â ShapuraÂ inÂ Bhilwara district of RajasthanÂ are widely known as the traditional artists of this folk art-form for the last two centuries.Â
ARTIST : Vivek Joshi, from Shahpura School of Painting