The Green Tara Devi: Thangka Painting by Krishna Tashi Palmo


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Dimensions : H-22 W-16 inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Cloth

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Refined artist Krishna Tashi Palmo's Thangka Painting of “The Green Tara Devi”, the Mother of Liberation, beautifully encapsulates the essence of Buddhist art. Thangka, meaning "a painting that can be rolled up," is an art form intimately tied to the life and teachings of Buddha. Crafted on cotton or silk canvases, this exquisite piece employs a palette of natural colors, resonating with the spiritual connection to nature. The Green Tara, a symbol of compassion and enlightenment, emerges in vivid hues, with intricate details and sacred motifs that narrate stories of transcendence. Palmo's work invites to explore the profound spirituality of Thangka art, a portal to Buddha's wisdom and serenity.


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    Krishna, a shining example of determination and resilience, has carved a unique path as one of the few women Thangka artists. Her journey in Thangka art is a testament to discipline and unwavering perseverance, echoing with the spirit of breaking down boundaries.

    Despite facing physical challenges, having been affected by polio in both legs, Krishna's indomitable spirit shines through with an ever-present smile. Her artistry transcends her physical limitations. Her dedication to her craft led her to the Tibetan traditional art school in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul Spiti district, where she honed her skills from 2006 to 2012.

    From a young age, Krishna dreamt of being an artist, and this dream propelled her forward, even when the odds seemed stacked against her. In a class of 350 students, where the prevailing belief was that women could not practice Thangka art, Krishna stood out as one of the four aspiring female artists.

    Yet, her love for art knows no bounds. Beyond pursuing her own artistic journey, Krishna generously shares her knowledge and passion by teaching children at a local NGO in her town. Her aspirations extend far beyond her personal success; she yearns to create an identity for herself and to transcend the boundaries of gender in the art world. 



    Thangka Art


    Thangka art (hangka, tangka, thanka) is a traditional form of Tibetan Buddhist painting executed on cotton or silk canvas. However, it is widely practiced in India, especially in the Himalayan regions where Tibetan Buddhism is prevalent. Traditionally, Thangka paintings are sacred scrolls that were instrumental in teaching and meditation, depicting Buddhist themes and events including mandalas (symbolic representations of the universe), deities, and scenes from scriptures that resonated with devotional or religious sentiments.  History and Legend Thangka art, or "scroll painting," has its origin in early Buddhist paintings like Ajanta Caves in India or Mogao Caves in China. It was initially developed in Tibet as a portable form of religious art, however when it reached back to India, the regions of Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh became centers for preserving and practicing this distinct art form. As per some legends, King Uttrayan Bimbisara of Magodha commissioned a painting of Sakyamuni Buddha. However, the assigned artist could not draw him because of his blinding holiness. So, in the end, the artist observed Buddha’s reflection in nearby water and completed the painting. This precisely marked the origin of Thangka when the artist captured Buddha’s spiritual reflection making it a spiritual force of divinity.  Thangka art is rich in symbolism and often depicts scenes from Buddhist scriptures and legends. One common theme is the depiction of the Wheel of Life, which illustrates the Buddhist concept of samsara, or the cycle of rebirth. Similarly, the Mandala is another such motif, representing the cosmos, often used for meditation and spiritual guidance. Technique Creating a Thangka painting is a meticulous and time-consuming process. Artists use a mix of traditional materials, including cotton or silk for the canvas and natural pigments for the colors. At first, a well-treated, smooth canvas is stretched on a bamboo frame. The artist outlines the image with charcoal or pencil under strict religious guidelines as every stance, gesture, mood, and color has a deep meaning in Thangka painting. Natural pigments derived from minerals and plants are used to fill vibrant colors in the drawing. The use of color is of great significance in Thangka painting, as it assists in identifying the different deities. The key elements in the composition are often highlighted with gold leaf. Traditionally, the painted Thangkas are framed with rich silk brocades and finally covered with a protective curtain made of finer silk. It can take months to complete a single detailed work of Thangka as it not only requires the skill of painting but the artist has to be well equipped with the knowledge of Buddhist scriptures and iconography. In earlier times, monks or lamas would only work on Thangka paintings after spending years devoted to Buddhist studies. Krishna Tashi Palmo and Gyaltsen Zimba are some of the exceptional artists practicing this exquisite art form. 



    Product Details

    Title
    The Green Tara Devi: Thangka Painting by Krishna Tashi Palmo
    Artist
    Krishna Tashi Palmo
    Art Style
    Thangka Art
    Medium
    Natural Colors
    Size
    Medium
    Dimension
    22 in(H) X 16 in(W)
    Themes
    Religious
    Color
    Yellow, Orange, Green, Pink
    Country of Origin
    Himachal Pradesh, India

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