Shree Lal Joshi

Shree Lal Joshi 

Shree Lal Joshi is a well known Indian artist of phad painting, a form of popular folk painting of Rajasthan.

About Phad Paintings

The Phad painting is a kind of painting wherein the activities of folk heros are shown on a long cloth. The natural hand made colours are used in these paintings. These paintings are also called "Pabu ji ka Phad" in local language.


He was born on March 5, 1931 at Shahpura in Bhilwara district in a Joshi family, widely known as the traditional artists of phad painting for the last few centuries. His father Ramchandra Joshi initiated him into this traditional family-art at a very young age of 13.
In the last six decades, he has displayed through his works his rich experience in different styles of folk paintings of Rajasthan and give new dimensions of identification and fame to the art of phad painting by developing contemporary style.

Famous Artist Across the Globe

His works have been also found in the collections of various museums of national and international level which include National Museum, Indira Gandhi Nationa Art Museum, National Craft Museum and Sanskriti Museum in New Delhi, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Linden Museum, Germany, Leforet Museum, Japan, Albert Museum, London, Landes Museum, Austria, Smith Sonian Museum, Washington, Syracuse University, USA Etenografisca Museum, Stolkholm, and also in the museums of Singapore, Germany, Netherlands and France.

Various Honours and Awards

Recognition came to Shree lal Joshi's distinct style in form of many International & National awards. He received National Award, Padma Shri award (2006) and Shilpaguru award (2007). The Government of India issued a Rs. 5/- postal stamp on his famous creation- Phad of Shri Devnarayan.