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The Paubha is a rich painting tradition that visualizes the interpretation of Buddhist and Hindu philosophies. Often confused with the more popular Thangka which traces back to Tibetan cultures, the Paubha has its roots in the Newar communities of Kathmandu Valley with a subtle difference in the painting styles from that of Thangka.
Derived from the word “Patrabhattaraka”, Paubha is a form of the divine art of painting gods. The Paubha is often created to worship gods or for meditative purposes.
Painting a Paubha takes a lot of time, and a well-decorated Paubha takes months to complete. The four-hour workshop, however, is designed with the objective to generate awareness of this endangered form of art and culture with hands-on experiences of the process involved in decorating a Paubha. During the session, you will learn about the Paubha painting while trying to paint your own Paubha which you can take as a souvenir.
When you arrive at the workshop in Patan, the artisan will traditionally welcome you, who will familiarize you with your activity for the day. Soon after, you will have a short but atmospheric walk to the gallery, learning about Paubha and its historical significance from the artist. This will give you an authentic glimpse into the culture of Paubha while excitingly preparing you for the upcoming experience.
After a brief introduction about the Paubha painting, its history, and its significance through an artisan who has dedicated a long time to the art, he/she will guide you through the painting process with demonstrations as you learn different strokes, techniques, and the role of colors play in creating beautiful and meaningful Paubha paintings. During the 2 hours workshop, you will authentically
experience Paubha painting, where you can paint your own Paubha on the canvas all the while learning about its history and significance in Nepal. The experience includes delicious Newari lunch guests can enjoy during a well-deserved break.
After your skillful work is finished, you can take your painting home as an excellent gift for a loved one or even a decorative element for your home.