World’s largest Thanka

KATHMANDU, Oct 06: “It is unbelievable that a thangka could be this big. It’s amazing and surprising as well as beyond imagination. I really like the work which is on exhibit and I feel proud that in the birth place of Lord Buddha, the thangka is depicting his life in exhibition,” expressed Nilda Pambar, a visitor to the World’s Largest Thangka Exhibition on October 5, at Dasharath Stadium.

The exhibition of 70 m x 50 m thangka was organised by the Nepal Council for Preservation of Buddhist Religion (NCPBR) in association with Mandala 21st Century, Japan. It has been created by the joint effort of Surya Bahadur Thakali, Chairman of NCPBR and Yasutada Katagiri, President of Mandala 21st Century, a Japanese citizen.

About how the exhibition became a reality, Thakali explained, “The dream of creating the largest ever thangka was conceived in 1994, and with the effort of more than 10,000 volunteers from over 16 countries in a span of eight years, this masterpiece was put together.”

He added, “We feel proud of completing this big campaign and sharing the philosophies of the Buddha among all the people in the world.”

The thangka depicts Buddha’s life story summarised in the 12 deeds that he performed from his birth to his life’s end. The thangka is not exactly a painting but the silk cloths have been put together to form a massive thangka. It weighs 1,900 kg and was completed by joining 81 pieces, each piece 20 feet in length and 18 feet in breadth with help of zippers.

At the exhibition, the thangka looked like a huge pool — you won’t be able to see clearly what’s there at the other end. And only when you climb the stairs of the stadium to the top, the visual of the thangka takes form which is breathtaking and very colourful giving importance to each detail which is the main characteristic of a thangka.

Source: The Himalayan Times

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