Traditional Phad Painting: “The ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu (Dashavatara)”

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  • This intricate Phad Painting of the ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu (Dashavatara) is created by an authentic artist Kalyan Joshi. The Dashavatara refers to the ten primary (complete) incarnations (avatars) of Vishnu. Vishnu is said to descend in the form of an avatar to restore cosmic order. The word Dashavatara derives from daśa, meaning ‘ten’, and avatar (avatāra), roughly equivalent to ‘incarnation’.
  • Kalyan Joshi was born in 1969, comes from a lineage of Phad painters of as early as the 13th century. He started painting from the age of 8 with his father Shri Lal Joshi who was an acclaimed Padma Shree honoree. Kalyan Joshi has experimented with new stories, contemporary style painting and line drawing. He is the founder of “Ankan Artist Group”. Since 1990 he has conducted 200 workshops at various Schools all over India. He has been honored with multiple awards and certificates for his incredible contributions to this beautiful art such as National Award by Govt. of India, 2010, National Merit Award by Govt. of India, 2006 Gauri Shankar Mehta Award and 2008 Maru Parampara, etc.
  • Phad is an indigenous painting style of the state of Rajasthan, India, that depicts the narratives of the folk deities of the state. This style of painting is the blend of Rajput and Mughal styles of painting. Originating thousands of years ago, this fabled heritage of Bhilwara is done on a long piece of canvas called Phad. Mostly, the stories of the folk deity Pabuji and the Gurjar Warrior, Devnarayanji are depicted on Phads. In ancient times, the storytellers would travel from village to village and narrate the stories using Phads as their pictorial depiction tool. Singing and dancing made an integral part of storytelling. The priest singers and dancers of Rajasthan known as Bhopas and Bhopis would carry the painted Phad scrolls along to use them as a part of their elaborate song and dance performances to narrate the lores of the folk deities who are worshiped in that region.
  • These paintings are handmade in Phad style with natural pigment colors on Paper. The perfect thing to decorate puja rooms in homes, offices, and business places.
  • The artwork is original with the signature done by the artist and delivered directly from the artist’s gallery to the hands of the buyer.

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Weight .2 kg
Dimensions 34.29 × 58.42 × 1 cm

Natural Pigment Color




  • Length: With Mount.13.5″x 23″ (34.29 Cm x 58.42 Cm)
  • Length : Without Mount 11.5″ x 21″ (29.21 Cm x 53.34 Cm)
  • Arrive unframed with mount
  • Material: Paper
  • Color: Natural Pigment color
  • Being handmade, each artwork is unique in itself.
  • Directly shipped by the artist.
  • Made in India.
  • Signed by the artist  Kalyan Joshi .
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