Yashodhar Mathpal (born 1939) is an Indian archaeologist, painter, curator, Gandhian and Rock art conservationist. He is most known for his study of cave art, especially in Bhimbetka rock shelters, Barechhina (Uttarakhand) and Kerala. He founded the Folk Culture Museum (Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya) in Bhimtal, Nainital district, in 1983.
Early life and backgroundEdit
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Born in village Naula in Bhikiyasain Tehsil of Almora district of Uttarakhand to Haridutt Mathpal and Kanti Devi, Mathpal received his primary education local Primary School from his native village, thereafter he did his further schooling from Manila village, Mission Intercollege, Ranikhet and completed his schooling from Vikramajit Singh Sanatan Dharma College, Kanpur.
He established the Folk Culture Museum (Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya) in Bhimtal, Nainital district, in 1983. The museum houses artifacts, folk paintings, rock art and prehistoric objects. The museum also documents oral and written traditions and folklore of the region, besides providing training in rare traditional arts and crafts. He himself take care of the museum himself, and has spend all his life's earnings on it. 
- Yashodhar Mathpal (1984). Prehistoric Rock Paintings of Bhimbetka, Central India. Abhinav Publications. ISBN 978-81-7017-193-5.
- Giacomo Camuri; Angelo Fossati; Yasodhar Mathpal (1993). Deer in Rock Art of India and Europe. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. ISBN 978-81-85503-02-8.
- Yashodhar Mathpal (1995). Rock Art In Kumaon Himalaya. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. ISBN 978-81-7305-057-2.
- Yashodhar Mathpal. Samahit. Shree Almora Book Depot. ISBN 978-81-85865-42-3.
- Yashodhar Mathpal (1998). Rock Art In Kerala. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. ISBN 978-81-7305-130-2.
- Usha Bande (27 May 2001). "The saviour of primeval folk art". The Tribune. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- "Padma Awards Announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- Atul Sethi (6 August 2012). "Past Prism: Museum men of Bhimtal - Part I". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- "Photogallery". Vice President of India. Retrieved 24 February 2014.