Awareness on Covid with Phad Painting

Mr Vijay Joshi, Vivek joshi Young Phad Artsit of Shahpura school of paintings  sent awareness message to the people of India and the World on the corona virus through  there Marvellous art work in  Phad painting.

My paintings such as Epic of Pabuji, Epic of Devnarayan (Bagdawat), Ramdala, Krishnadala, Mataji Ka Chandwa etc. which are a living, skillful and meaningful device to make the evolution of cultural development objectively observable. No other means or divices can do justice to the depiction of cultural phenomena so effectively because nothing short of it can get the needful done. It would not be out of place to bring to your notice that the origin of my phad painting can be traced to 700 years back. The credit of this art goes to the fore fathers of joshi family Shahpura to which I belong.It was in the year 1629 that Phulia pargana of which present Shahpura, had been a part, was allotted to Raja Sujan Singh in lieu of his services rendered to the Emperor ShahJahan. Later on the capital Phulia was shifted to newly settled town named Shahpura in honour of the Emperor ShahJahan. The Joshi family had already initiated and developed this art much earlier to the existence of Shahpura which happened to be one of the Princely States in Rajasthan.

First, I want to bring to your knowledge that my art of phad paintings is a rich legacy from my forefathers owned by them as back as 700 year ago. Second, This art of phad painting by its own type and nature is unique  and ancient which is known as Shahpura school phad painting all the devices and technique used for painting are our home products. The cloth used for painting is also moulded at our own level, all kinds of colours used are also our own preparation.

“Entire process of creating a Phad painting is very meticulously done. Right after choosing subject or story, a Khadi cloth is laid out on the floor or a wooden table. Rice paste is applied on this cloth especially in the month of March and April which when dried is rubbed with ‘Mohra’ to bring shine on the cloth. This readies the surface for drawing light figure sketches with ‘Chaka’ in yellow. Most interesting part of Phad painting is that it’s made with colours which are derived out of powdered stones collected from river beds and mountains, all by hand to keep”

Recently Traditional phad painting Shahpura School has also proved a powerful means of  depicting Corona Virus, Covid-19 successfully make more Different Subject in my Shahpura School Phad Painting.

Historical –   Haldigati between Rana Prantap of Mewar and Raja Mansingh of Jaipur who was emperor Akber’s genaral, Elopment of Sanyogita by Prathviraj Chouhan, Hadi Rani, Prathviraj Chouhan in the court of Mohammd Gori, Mahamud Gajnavi on Somnath temple,, Gangor sawari of SHAHPURA state, johor of Rani Padmini, Indian King, Ashok the great, world war first etc.

Religious. Hanuman Chalisha, (English and Sanskrit ) Ramayan, Sri Mad Bhagwat Geeta, Mahaveer Swami Jain Subjects)  Satyanarayan Katha, Ganesha, Maa Durga, Sundarkand, and more, present issue,   Education, Nari, Health, Corona Covid-19,

Famous personality – Millennium Bollywood Film Super Star Amitabh Bachchan,  in the Year 2005,

The generations are narrating unique stories around the present heroes. In 2019, Shri Vijay Joshi, Vivek Joshi  has wonderfully narrated a phad on the life history of Mahatma Gandhi from his birth, upbringing, education, work-life, marriage, leadership speeches, etc. to set a milestone. On 2 October 2019, India will celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before putting up the storyline, Vijay travelling across all places connected to Gandhiji for better visualization and presentation of the storyline.

We have received  full traning in the phad art under the guidance of my father Shri. Shanti Lal Joshi who enjoys the privilege 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 privilege to win applause of many art cities. 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 cities. For their involvement in the art.

 Description of corona virus Shahpura School Phad painting

This painting describes us about the origin of corono virus. This painting tells us about all precautions which we should follow in the prevention of corono disease. We should consult doctor if we have cough sore throat and fever. We should not hide our syptums  from others. Isolation and self quarantine is only remedy of this disease. We should also wash our hands with hand wash and sanitizer. These pictures are very suggestive. They tell us not to handshake, keep distance at least 1 metre from others, always keep social distancing and only say “Namaste”. On 20 March 2020 our great Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi came on National television and demanded “Janata curfew” on 22 March for whole day. He also demanded to clap hands and Beat Thali for 5 minutes from 5:00p.m. to 5:05p.m. in the owner of the Frontline Warriors like doctors, nursing staff, police, army and sanitary department. It was a great successful programme. All people followed it and played Tali and Thali. Painting also describes about Yoga, listening songs, reading books , playing with children and other leisure activities. At last a map of India is framed in this painting which shows the unity in diversity of India. We Indians are ready to kick away the devil of Corona. In India there is no difference of caste, colour, Creed and religion. This painting gave an awareness message to whole world about this dangerous disease and tells us that only precautions can keep us safe from COVID19.

Shahpura School Phad Painting Artists-

Shanti Lal Joshi– National Award Winner KalaShri , National Senior Fellowship.

Vijay Joshi –   National Merit Awardee, National Fellowship

Vivek Joshi– National scholarship and National Fellowship.

Pratibha Joshi– Female Artist

Suman Joshi– Female Artist

Anushka Joshi–  Class 9 Artist

Athrav Joshi- Class 5 Artist

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