Apart from being a riot of colours with intricate detailing, Tibetan Thangka paintings are works on silk which are not just art but part of the religious iconography of a people, usually used for spiritual contemplation.
A recent exhibition at Weavers Studio showcases a collection of Thangka paintings in rich jewel tones, sourced by avid collector Prabhash Kejriwal from Darjeeling, Sikkim and other areas of the Northeast. Priced at Rs 3,000-plus, these paintings are a grand addition to any living space and are especially highlighted against stark white walls. The exhibition also showcases a collection of rare pieces that are over 100 years old and have been acquired from dealers over the years. These paintings are well preserved with the rich colours extracted from rare minerals, vegetable dyes and even gold that have stood the test of time. Kejriwals collection also includes figures of Tibetan goddesses and works by reputed artist Annada Munshi who created a series drawing on Tibetan symbols and interpreted them through his own style.
This is an art form that is usually preserved in the monasteries and is executed by painters who have been inducted into it as part of a continuing tradition. Thangkas also provide a visual representation of different elements of the Buddhist faith, from different stages of Budhhas enlightenment to other Tibetan gods and goddesses and parables from the scriptures. As aesthetic objects as well as emblems of peace, Tibetan Thangka paintings bring a touch of colour and spirituality to the home.