MAKE & TAKE HOME YOUR OWN PHAD PAINTING. Eco-friendly mineral based colours will be provided for the workshop
One of the most ancient arts of India, Phad paintings of the Bhilwara/Shahpura region of Rajasthan can be traced back to more than 700 years. Phad means to read and these paintings are based on songs of legendary Pabuji and Devnarayan that are sung by Bhopa singers. The art is known not only for its vibrant colours but also the fact that it is accompanied by an oral tradition of rendering gatha (folklore). A hand-woven cloth is soaked overnight so that the threads get thicker. It is then starched, burnished for a smooth and shiny surface and then the Phad painter draws the entire narrative on this canvas. The figures are rounded, wear traditional attire and headgear and bright colours are used to fill them in. The colours are painstakingly extracted from natural sourcesstones, flowers, herbs.
Joshi brothers and their family have maintained the colourful, detailed hand-painted tradition of the Shahpura school of Phad painting but they have had to adapt to the times.
ABOUT THE ARTISANS -VIJAY JOSHI & VIVEK JOSHI Vijay & Vivek Joshi, brother duo, are traditional Phad artists from Shahpura (Bhilwara district) of Rajasthan. Vijay Joshi is a National Merit Award-winning artist and member of Virasat: Nonpareil Shahpura's Phad Painting Training and Research Institute. The Joshi brother took training in the Shahpuras Nonpareil Phad art under the guidance of their father Shri. Shanti Lal Joshi who is also a National Award Winner. They participated in exhibitions in different metro cities across India as well as in aboard like France, Singapore and Bogata (Columbia). They make innovative paintings on Hanuman, Durga and Ganesh. In the past, Vijay did a Phad painting about Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan as well as on WWI. At the Phad Workshop, the artist will introduce the basics of Phad-making, which will include the preparation of natural colours. Workshop participants will also learn to apply the art in the modern context.
Learn painting from a traditional master artist
All art materials required for the workshop will be provided to the participants.
A Display cum Sale of some masterpieces by the artisan at the end of the workshop