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A Phad Painting Scroll on Bharat ke Vikas ki Katha

Presented by The Palace School, Jaipur as a part of Phad Se Padh initiative

Dance performance on Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav by the students of The Palace School, Jaipur in Delhi

Concept Note

The Palace School of Jaipur collaborated with Rooftop to participate in the ‘Phad se Padh’ initiative, aimed at enhancing student learning through art. The initiative used the traditional Phad style of folk painting, originating from Rajasthan, India, which is traditionally created on long pieces of cloth that are folded and unfolded during storytelling performances. The Palace School’s students chose the theme of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ a celebration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence from British colonial rule, and began the project in February.

With the help of their art, music, and subject teachers, the students prepared a Phad artwork, which was created on cotton cloth using mixed media such as dyes, colours, acrylic, and markers. The artwork was approximately 53-55 x 4.10 in length and consisted of 48 blocks with seven panels of 24×54 inches each. The lyrics were in Hindi.

Dance performance on Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav in Jaipur

Teacher’s Experience

‘Bharat ke Vikas ki Katha’ has been a unique odyssey into the world of arts-integrated learning and multilingualism-two important tenets of NEP 2020.

The 53 feet long Phad documents some important milestones in the post-independence history of India. Teachers, students, and alumni got together enthusiastically to bring forth a stunning visual tale of developments in India in the past 75 years.

From the Jaipur History Festival at The City Palace Jaipur, to the presentation in Delhi on the occasion of  World Education Day, to The Jaipur Literature Festival and We, The Women Festival at Clarks Amer…the Phad’s journey we feel has just begun.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to MSMS II Museum Trust and Rooftop for providing us with this wonderful platform to showcase a dynamic and enthralling Arts Integrated project to the world.

Teacher Name: Urvashi Warman, Principal

Student’s Experience

‘Phad Se Padh – Bharat Ke Vikas ki Katha’- what a fine way to pay tribute to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by The Palace School.

I ended up not only learning about the post-independence developmental milestones of our country but also learnt to appreciate the rich Indian folk arts as well. I was amazed to see the kind of research that had gone into this phenomenal piece of art which is unique as it also truly represents arts-integrated learning in the best possible manner.

We not only covered the historical aspect but also showcased our vision of becoming the Golden Bird (सोनेकी चिड़िया) once again in future.

I thank my school, MSMS II Museum Trust, and Rooftop for providing this wonderful platform. 

Student Name: Simra Fatima

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