Sampoorna Ramayana Painting in Miniature Phad Style by Renowned Artist Pradip Mukherjee
Sampoorn Ramayana is painted by the famous Indian artist Pradip Mukherjee in his own developed style of miniature phad painting. The painting depicts scenes from the most popular epic of Hindu mythology, The Ramayana. It is painted on a paper with organic handmade colors like sindoor and neel. This painting is a result of 3 years of hard work and dedication.
Phad is a Rajasthani word which means to read. The style of Phad painting was originated in Rajasthan, India in the Joshi family. Phad painting refers to the paintings that narrate a story which can be read and understood by the people. The form of miniature Phad was developed by Pradip Mukherjee and later he transformed it according to the changing taste of people but followed the same genre. The art of miniature painting has come a long way from 10 feet to 8 feet and much smaller sizes. This painting can be done on earthen pots as well.
Pradip Mukherjee, the pioneer of Miniature Phad was born on 22 August 1953 in Jaipur into a family of highly qualified people. He went to Kolkata to pursue his studies and graduated in B. Com from the University of Calcutta. He was inclined more towards sketching and painting since his childhood but his parents were sad about it and didn’t support him financially. So, he went to Jaipur and learned the art of Phad painting from his Guru Late Sri Lal Joshi in the village of Bhilwara. Later he transformed this art form into miniature Phad. He was awarded Shilp Guru in 2008 for his excellence in the traditional art form.
“The Indian Government has provided a platform to exhibit and demonstrate this traditional art form not only in India but also abroad. It helped in creating a marketplace for showcasing this unseen talent. The new generation is experimenting on new trends but that doesn’t disappoint me because I believe there are still some people who really value the traditional art forms of India,” Says Pradip Mukherjee.