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EXHIBITION "Phad: Mythical Heritage of Bhilwara" a group show of Rajasthan’s Rare Folk Art at Bikaner House, Pandara Road​, India Gate > 5th to 8th October 2017

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Phad Mythical Heritage Bhilwara group show Rajasthan Rare Folk Art Paintings

Time : 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 05/10/2017 10:00 08/10/2017 00:00 Asia/Kolkata EXHIBITION "Phad: Mythical Heritage of Bhilwara" a group show of Rajasthan’s Rare Folk Art Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/10/exhibition-phad-mythical-heritage-of.html Bikaner House, Pandara Road​, India Gate, New Delhi-110003 DD/MM/YYYY - Exhibition on View

Entry : Free

Venue : Bikaner House, Pandara Road​, India Gate, New Delhi-110003

Venue Info : Map | Nearest Metro Station - 'Khan Market(Violet Line)'

Event Description : In a first-of-its-kind show, Delhi based arts organisation ArtTree is bringing to the capital an art show of rarely seen Phad paintings. Titled Phad:Mythical Heritage of Bhilwara, the show will include  nearly 50 Phad paintings, two of which are rare originals created nearly six decades ago by Bhilwara’s illustrious Phad artist Padmashree Shrilal Joshi. The rest have been painted by the scions of the Joshi family - Kalyan and Gopal Joshi - over last two years. 

Says Pragati Agarwal, Founder, Art Tree and curator of the show: “Phad is a traditional art form, - more than seven hundred years old - from the Bhilwara/Shahpura region of Rajasthan, known not only for its vibrant colours, but also the fact that it is accompanied by an oral tradition of rendering the gatha (folklore). This rendition is performed by Bhopa and Bhopi – priest and his wife from the Rabari tribe. The accompanying instrument is a two string ‘Ravanhatta’. The singing is about the gods, about the heroics of either the local deity Pabuji or Devnarayanji revered by the Gujjar community of camel herders. The Phads - painted like horizontal scrolls with natural colours - also portray folklores, scenes from the Ramayana, and other mythological narratives.”

Says Kalyan Joshi: “Creating a Phad is an act of devotion even as it is an art form. We commence our work with a prayer. 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 spanning the life of the deity and his divine deeds 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 sources - stones, flowers, herbs.”

Says Radhika Surana, Artistic Consultant, Art Tree: “We will be working with many other folk and traditional Indian art forms. We propose to have a minimum of two exhibitions every year. The purpose of the show is to revive, be it art, music, textiles or any such things is important so as to remind and educate us about our rich culture.  Unless the roots are deep and strong, the tree can never be stable.”

Yes Global Institute is the practising think tank of Yes Bank committed to promoting and preserving Indian heritage and culture through its Yes Culture initiatives. The exhibition is supported by Yes Culture.

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