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Shree Lal Joshi

Padma Shree & Shipguru awardee Shri Shree lal Joshi is the most versatile and renowned Phad painter of all his fellow painters working around the world. He has acquired the reputation of being an elite artist.

Born on 5th  March1931, his father Shri Ramchandra Joshi initiated him into family-art at very young age of 13. He has a rich experience of around six decades in different paintings style of Rajasthan. The worthy son of distinguished Joshi family of Shahpura has given new dimensions of identification & fame to the art of Phad painting by developing contemporary style. He developed his own style. He discovered many new techniques and painted quite original & meaningful compositions. He is also renowned for his Wall paintings. Besides Phad , He also does wall painting. He has got National Award for his Wall Painting at Crafts Museum, New Delhi. He does wall painting in ancient fresco style. Elephant, Horses, Lions, and women with the pitchers on their heads are the usual motifs of his painting. 

To begin with his experimentation, He has introduced & composed small sized Phad painting with  new subjects in traditional art-form viz. Maharana Pratap, Prithvi Raj Chouhan, Rani Hadi, Padmini Jouhar, Dhola Maru, Amar Singh rathore, Haldi Ghati and Geet Govind, Nal-Damyanti, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Kumar Sambhava, Buhha & Mahaveera. Tukras (Small pieces) paintings were introduced by him. His works have been bought by the Bhopas, Antic Dealers, Foreign Tourist, Private & Government Emporia, Private Art Galleries. & Museums. 

A long association with Komal Ji Kothari, Dr. Kapila Vatsayan & Dr. Jyotindra Jain has always been the inspiring force that urged Shree lal Joshi to experiment & innovate in the age-old art of Phad painting. Recognition came to Shree lal Joshi’s distinct style in form of many International & National awards. He achieved National Award, Padma Shree award & Shiplguru awards. He was showered with honour when the Government of India issued Rs. 5/- postal stamp on his famous creation- "Phad of Shri Devnarayan”

Already a legend at the age of 75 years, He exudes the same passion for the art while guiding his students for 6-7 hours everyday in his workshop towards perfection in the traditional art-form.

Foreign Exhibitions

Chicago, West Germany, Russia, Sweden, Japan, Australia, Pakistan, Austria, Singapore,

New York, Washington


National Exhibitions

New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Baroda, Ahemedabad, Banglore, Bhopal, Indore


Documentaries on Wor k

“The Folklore” By Director ManiKaul

“Phad Painting & Shri Lal Joshi” by Lalit Kala Academy

“Painted Epics of Rajathan” by Door Darshan

”Twenty four Bagrwat Bros. & Lord Dev narayan” by JC Miller, USA

“Phad Paintings of Rajasthan” BBC, London


International Collection

Linden Museum, Germany, Leforet Museum, Japan, Albert Museum, London

Landes Museum, Austria, Smith Sonian Museum, Washington, Syracuse University, USA

Etenografisca Museum, Stolkholm, Swedan an in museums of Singapore, Germany,

 Holland, France, 


National Collection

National Museum, New Delhi, Indira Gandhi Nationa Art Museum, New Delhi,

National Craft Museum, New Delhi, Hare Krishna Museum, Kurushetra,

Bhartia Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur, 

Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, 

Sanskriti Museum ,New Delhi


International Awards

SAARC International Award, Islamabad

Black Magician Award, German Festival, Stutgart


National Awards

National Merit Award, New Delhi, 1969,72,74

National Award, 1984

Silver Award, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal,1979

Kala Shree Award, Haryana Govt.,1989

Bhuwalka Public Welfare Award, Marudhara Institute, Calcutta, 1994

Padma Shree Award, New Delhi, 2006

Sangeet Shyamla Award, Kolkata, 2007

Shilpguru Award, 2007



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