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Nand kishor Joshi  founded Joshi Kala Mandir, now Chitrashala, a pioneer institute for training in different styles of paintings of Rajasthan and especially for Phad painting (Mewar Style), more than forty years ago. The art itself is more than thousand hundred years old.


There was a time when the secrets of Phad painting were confined to the Joshi family. However, when Nand Kishor Joshi felt that the art form was slowly dwindling away, he felt the need to establish ‘Joshi Kala Mandir’ in 1970 to develop new artists other than the Joshi family.


He virtually challenged all orthodox ideas for the sake of art. He took upon himself the task of revitalizing this art, even at the international level.


Nand Kishor Joshi has experimented  various styles, media,  subject & approach to Phad. He also carried out many workshops & presentations across the India. More than 2000 students & many research scholars have been skilled so far by him and his sons.


Under his guidance his sons Prakash Joshi & Mukul Joshi are also contributing to develop Phad paintings. After 42 years of its foundation, Chitrashala still working efficiently.

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