Shree Lal Joshi

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Shree Lal Joshi
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Born(1931-03-05)5 March 1931
Shahpura, Bhilwara District
Died2 March 2018(2018-03-02) (aged 86)
The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Padma Shri to Shri Shreelal Joshi, for his pioneer work in the art of phad painting, at an Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 29, 2006 The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Padma Shri to Shri Shreelal Joshi, for his pioneer work in the art of phad painting, at an Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 29, 2006.jpg
The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Padma Shri to Shri Shreelal Joshi, for his pioneer work in the art of phad painting, at an Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 29, 2006

Shree Lal Joshi (5 March 1931 – 2 March 2018) was an Indian Chippa caste [1] artist of phad painting, a form of popular folk painting of Rajasthan.

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Phad painting or phad is a style religious scroll painting and folk painting, practiced in Rajasthan state of India. This style of painting is traditionally done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad. The narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, mostly of Pabuji and Devnarayan are depicted on the phads. The Bhopas, the priest-singers traditionally carry the painted phads along with them and use these as the mobile temples of the folk deities, who are worshipped by the Rebari community of the region. The phads of Pabuji are normally about 15 feet in length, while the phads of Devnarayan are normally about 30 feet long. Traditionally the phads are painted with vegetable colors.

Rajasthan State in India

Rajasthan is a state in northern India. The state covers an area of 342,239 square kilometres (132,139 sq mi) or 10.4 percent of the total geographical area of India. It is the largest Indian state by area and the seventh largest by population. Rajasthan is located on the northwestern side of India, where it comprises most of the wide and inhospitable Thar Desert and shares a border with the Pakistani provinces of Punjab to the northwest and Sindh to the west, along the Sutlej-Indus river valley. Elsewhere it is bordered by five other Indian states: Punjab to the north; Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to the northeast; Madhya Pradesh to the southeast; and Gujarat to the southwest.



Joshi was born on 5 March 1931 at Shahpura in Bhilwara district in a family widely known as the traditional artists of phad painting for the last few centuries. His father Ramchandra Joshi initiated him into this traditional art at the age of 13.[ citation needed ] He discovered many new techniques and painted quite original and meaningful compositions. He was also renowned for his fresco-style wall paintings as well as Phad. He received the National Award for his Wall Painting at Crafts Museum, New Delhi. Elephant, horses, lions, and women with pitchers on their heads were the usual motifs of his painting.

Bhilwara district District of Rajasthan in India

Bhilwara District is a district of the state of Rajasthan in western India. The town of Bhilwara is the district headquarters.

To begin with his experimentation, he introduced and composed small phad paintings with new themes for this traditional art-form based on the episodes of the Devnarayan Mahagatha, the battle of Haldighati and the jauhar (self-immolation) of Padmini, the lives of Maharana Pratap, Prithvi Raj Chouhan, Rani Hadi, Padmini, Dhola Maru, Amar Singh Rathore, Buddha, Mahavira and the narratives from the Gitagovindam, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Kumarasambhava. Tukras (Small pieces) paintings were introduced by him. Apart from the Bhopas, the traditional phad singer-priests, buyers of his works include the art connoisseurs, tourists, private and Government emporia and private art galleries. His works have been also found in the collections of various museums, which include National Museum, Indira Gandhi National Art Museum, National Craft Museum and Sanskriti Museum in New Delhi, Hare Krishna Museum, Kurushetra, Bhartia Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Linden Museum, Germany, Leforet Museum, Japan, Albert Museum, London, Landes Museum, Austria, Smith Sonian Museum, Washington, Syracuse University, USA Etenografisca Museum, Stolkholm, and also in the museums of Singapore, Germany, Netherlands and France.

Devnarayan Gurjar warrior from Rajasthan, India

Devnarayan was a Gurjar warrior from Rajasthan, India, who founded Baisla Clan. Mythology has it that he was an incarnation of Vishnu and he is worshipped as a folk deity, mostly in Rajasthan and north-western Madhya Pradesh. According to tradition, he was born to Sri Savai Bhoj and Sadu mata Gurjari on the seventh day of the bright half of the month of Maagh in the Hindu Calendar in Vikram Samvat 968 .According to one view historical Devnarayan belonged to 10th century of Vikram Samvat, according another view, he lived in between 1200-1400 .First view is endorsed by many scholars.

The Bhopa people are the priest-singers of the folk deities in the state of Rajasthan, India. They perform in front of a scroll, known as phad that depicts the episodes of the narrative of the folk deity and functions as a portable temple. The Bhopas carry this phad traditionally, and are invited by villagers to perform in their localities during times of sickness and misfortune. Traditionally, the phads are kept rolled in transit. After reaching a village or town, the Bhopas erect the phads between two poles in a suitable public place shortly after nightfall. The performance goes on throughout the night and terminates only in early morning

Jawahar Kala Kendra cultural center in Jaipur

Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) is a multi arts centre located in Jaipur in India. It was built by Rajasthan government with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts. The centre has been made in eight blocks housing museums, one amphi theatre and the other closed auditorium, library, arts display rooms, cafeteria, small hostel and art-studio. It also houses two permanent art galleries and three other galleries. and host its own theatre festival each year.

His sons, Kalyan [2] and Gopal are also notable artists of this art form. Kalyan Joshi's phad paintings are now adorning prime minister's Narendra Modi office walls.

Narendra Modi 14th and current Prime Minister of India

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Awards and honours

A long association with Komal Kothari, Kapila Vatsyayan and Jyotindra Jain inspired Joshi to experiment and innovate. He earned many international and national awards. He received the Padma Shri award in 2006 and the Shilpaguru award (2007). The Government of India issued a Rs. 5/- postal stamp on his famous creation- Phad of Shri Devnarayan.

Komal Kothari was an Indian folk artist and classical singer.

Kapila Vatsyayan Indian politician and art historian

Kapila Vatsyayan is a leading scholar of Indian classical dance, art, architecture, and art history. She was formerly a member of parliament and bureaucrat in India, and served as the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

Jyotindra Jain is an Indian art and cultural historian, and museologist. A scholar on folk and ritual arts of India, he was the Director of the National Crafts Museum, New Delhi, Member Secretary and Professor, at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, and also Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He has published a number of books on Indian folk art, including, Ganga Devi: Tradition and Expression in Mithila Painting, Other Masters: Five Contemporary Folk and Tribal Artists of India and Kalighat Painting: Images from a Changing World.

International Awards

National Awards

Padma Shri Fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India

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Documentaries on his works

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  1. Chaudhuri, Zinnia Ray. "Phad paintings: Rajasthan's travelling temples are fading away after half a millennium". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. Corp, Saffronart Management (10 April 2014), Welcome to the World of Phad Paintings by Kalyan Joshi , retrieved 15 March 2019