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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 www.redpatang.com

Phad Painting Kit

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August 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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