Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 88.9cm (H) x 38.1cm (W) x 0.5cm (D) / 35" (H) x 15" (W) x 0.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
A visual treat to anyone who lays his/her eyes on it, Phad is a form of scroll painting which has, over the centuries, narrated stories to people in village gatherings. These stories — of deities Devnarayanji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and Pabuji, a local hero — would be narrated by priest-singers called Bhopas and Bhopis, who would carry these paintings with them.
In a dramatic unfolding of scenes, the narrators would un-scroll every fold, or Phad — as it is called in the local language — amid a large gathering of people after the sunset, and reveal parts of their story. Phad, therefore, is a kind of narrative storytelling in which two communities played a role — the artistes and the narrators.
Based in: Bhilwara
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