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Its not just a “Phad”

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The Phad painting style originates almost a hundred years ago in Rajasthan India, before the era of television and movies.  This live theatre variation used painted narratives on large pieces of cloth (the cloth itself was called a phad) and songs by bard priests (called Bhopas) to enthrall and captivate audiences.  The narratives were usually based on deities or the life history of heroes.

This art form was traditionally passed on from fathers to sons and done on khadi cloth but today artists have moved to paper versions too.  Colors are used in a fixed order….for eg, yellow for ornaments, orange for limbs and torsos, red for dresses etc.

Pabuji ki phad (Image courtesy Wikipedia)

This vibrant Phad painting called Pabuji ki Phad has been carefully preserved for future generations. Yes the Phad painting style, although obscure, has stood the test of time. Its said that even Amitabh Bachan, the bid B, has had a phad painting created on his life history!

You can teach yourself (and your kids) this ancient art form with the Phad painting kits now available at

Phad Painting Kit


Written by Redpatang

August 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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  1. this in not a authentic and original Pabuji phad. This is duplicat phad
    I have 200 year old my anstestor phad Dhul Ji, Jarav Chand Ji, and Dhul Ji, I am a belong to Traditional Phad Family From Shahpura 311404.
    The forefathers of my ancestors initiated and originated Shahpura school phad painting residing in the erastwhile State of Shahpura. During this period and upto the time the desandents thereof have kept this art alive mainting all its features undiminished.
    The historical background of the art is traced to 600 years back which has exclusively been initiated by joshi family SETTLED AT SHAHPURA AND NO WHERE ELSE. Shahpura had been erstwihle princely state merged in Distt. Bhil. after the indepence of India

    I have received full traning in the phad art under the guidance of my father Shri. Shanti Lal Joshi who enjoys the previlege of National Award Winner. This honour was bestowed upon him by Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1991 Shri. Sharma happened to be the president of India then. On my Part, I, too, had the previlegde to win applause of many art crities. Despite some heavy odds all the members of my family are creatively busy to keep a-live this valuable art who were highly appreciated and won the esteemed applause of many art crities. For their involment in the art

    vijay joshi
    National Merit Awardee 2003
    Traditional Phad Artist (Young Artist)

    vijay joshi

    March 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  2. this painting make not traditional phad artist. make another artist because traditional artist phad is looking good and unique pabuji maharaj figure .

    vijay joshi

    March 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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  4. This is duplicat phad

    Vivek Joshi
    National Fellowship
    Shahpura school phad artist

    vivek joshi

    November 30, 2016 at 1:28 am

  5. Original Shahpura school phad place is Shahpura 311404 Rajasthan , Mr. Sahnti Lal joshi, Vijay Joshi, Vivek Joshi,

    vivek joshi

    November 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

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