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Phad Paintings…

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 | Author:

Phad paintings are stunning examples of the Indian cloth paintings that have been originated in the noble state of Rajasthan. The portrayal of the Phad paintings in its totality and the colour format thereof preserves an unusual appearance of the painting gratifying to eyes. This is further augmented and enhanced by artist’s style united with the graceful beauty and elegance of its movement, tempo and power.


In the earlier times, the Phad paintings illustrated the life incidents of the Rajasthani heroes like Prithviraj Chauhan, Tejaji, Goga Chauhan, Amar Singh Rathod and various gods and goddesses like Pabuji, Dev Narayan, Rama and Krishna.


Phad paintings are known for their lively and charming colours and features. This form of art makes use of natural earthen colours and specifically of vegetable colours mixed with gum, water and indigo. These paintings are splendid and remarkable. Colours in these paintings are very specific – orange for limbs and torso, yellow for jewellery, attire and designs, gray for structure, blue for water and curtains, green for trees and plant life and red significantly for the dress. The outlines of the paintings are first drawn in block and later filled with colors and thick black strokes.


Phad painting is a kind of scroll painting. Before the painting is initiated, offerings are made to Goddess Saraswati. A rough sketch is then drafted out on a khadi material and the portraits are perfected. The empty spaces are filled in with flowers and plants. In the “kachcha” base, all the portraits are painted in the colour yellow. The ritual of the youngest girl making the first stroke is followed. The ceremony is ended by celebrations.


The distinctive magnificence and themes of Phad paintings have made them the most wanted and appreciated paintings in the world of art and culture.

Rajasthani paintings

Wednesday, May 06th, 2009 | Author:

The land of sumptuous Dal bhati churma and kachori is also blessed with pleasant art forms that still bear a strong resemblance of the olden era. Whether it is the tie-dye pattern in sarees or dupattas or the intrinsic gota work in the cholis, Rajasthan of the present stage has gone through a serious of historic influences. Dynasty ruling and the prevalent culture change brought in by Moghuls has flavored the paintings from time to time.


Remarkable sketches and portraits seemed to be an important concept during the kingly rule. The life size paintings of the kings and queens, court room drama, palanquin travel were a common depiction. Udaipur citizens had a major patronage towards paintings where the canvas was decked with the minute description of the crowd as various activities, palace activities were drawn with great detail.


Typicality is certain in each form of painting though originating from a common state. This art is typical of Kota where the paintings had certain intrinsic qualities that has the calligraphy art which is prominent. There another quality seen in during the Bundi reign.

The Pichwas is an art of Rajasthan painting which has a major fan following. There are more descriptions of the various act of Lord Krishna which is also a typical trait of Rajasthan. The Chunar Ragmala which was famous during the Mughal times is another variation of Rajashthani art.



Rajasthni paintings continue to be in demand in the local scene and also have international audience. Lovers of art hold a lot of value to the fresco style of wall painting in the typical Rajasthan style. The grandeur of the palace routine is well captured in the gait and clothes of the court sessions. Similar vibrancy is seen in the paintings related to rural theme. Unique styles are seen in the gem paintings or the phad art which again the specialty of Rajasthan culture.