Thangka Painting Sikkim Upsc

Thangka Painting

Thangka paintings are commonly practiced in the states of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, and Arunachal Pradesh.

What is the purpose of Thangka Paintings?

It was originally used as a medium of reverence which evoked the highest ideals of Buddism. These paintings are divided into three types based on their deception and meaning.

The first type shows the life of Buddha from birth to the attainment of enlightenment.

The second type shows the “Wheel of life”, which represents the Buddist beliefs of life and death.

The third one is paintings which are used for offerings to gods/deities or meditations.

Thangka Painting Making
Thangka Painting Making By Ramesh Lalwani – https://www.flickr.com/photos/ramesh_lalwani/13136017583/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=100402393

What do thangka paintings depict?

Artist working on Thangka painting
Lhasa, Lama beim Bemalen eines Gebetsteppichs (Tangka), Potala By Bundesarchiv, Bild 135-KA-07-095 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5337885

Thangka painting is art depicting the life of Buddha and other deities. It also influences the mythological event relating and concerning to Lamas.

How is thangka painting made?

Thangkas are painted on canvas. The canvas is strung on a bamboo frame, which is then stretched onto a frame made of wood.

* * All the Notes in this blog, are referred from Tamil Nadu State Board Books and Samacheer Kalvi Books. Kindly check with the original Tamil Nadu state board books and Ncert Books.