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Norbulingka & the Making of a Thangka
Standard definition. 720p.
Reel Duration: 23’34”

Norbulingkha is a unique Institute dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan arts and culture.  It is located in Dharamsala, in Himachal Pradesh, India.

In the early 1980’s, Kelsang Yeshi, Minister of the Department of Religion and Culture, at the Tibetan in exile government in India, and his wife Kim Yeshi began to imagine an institute in India which could act as a cradle for the revival of Tibetan art, and provide a haven for Tibetan artists to practice their crafts. The goal was to return Tibetan art to its former glory, following the strictest standards in terms of the selection of materials, quality of craftsmanship, and adherence to traditional methods. The Norbulingka Institute was completed in 1995.

Thanks to Kim Yeshi, I had the chance to meet one of the masters at the times (2001) in thangkas paintings: Tashi Dorjee, here featured in the second part of this uncut reel.  A thangka, is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Tashi Dorjee opened up his house to me, in March 2001 in Mc Leod Gang (near the Namgyal Monastery, Home of the XIV Dalai Lama in Exile in India) to explain the basics of thangkas paintings, an intricate and unique technic of sacred Tibetan paintings.

Unfortunately, this reel is not translated from Tibetan to English.

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