Rajasthan’s National Awardee Prakash Joshi teaches the traditional Phad style of mythology-based painting to youngsters, to keep this dying art alive.

Type: Online Learning
Level: Foundation
Lessons: 6
Eligibility: Anyone can enrol
Course Intake: Admission Open
Tuition Fee: INR4000/ USD65

Prakash is from the well-known Joshi family in Rajasthan that has been into painting Phad art for almost 300 years. The first question is why he avoids erasers. The reply is: “So that the student can see his earlier mistake and avoid it. If he erases it, then the same mistake is continued. Avoiding an eraser also makes the student more alert and perfect,” says Prakash.

“Phad is a 10 Century art. All the drawings are fixed. In realistic art we have long noses. In Phad, we have a round nose, large eyes and round face. If there is even a slight change in the depiction of the line, the art can be mistaken either for a Madhubani or patchitra. Even the colours here are fixed — orange, yellow, green, brown, blue, red and black,” he explains. “Most of the images are side profiles for we are drawing characters speaking to one another. Only the deities and demons are given a clear picture.”

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Course Subjects Overview

Duration Topic
Topic 1 Introduction to Phad – head Study
Topic 2 Female Figure
Topic 3 Male Figure
Topic 4 Animal
Topic 5 Composition
Topic 6 Finishing

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