Traditions in calligraphy

Art September 12, 2017 14:22

By The Nation

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Most of us have seen and admired Tibetan phurba and thangka paintings that are created to disseminate Himalayan Buddhist. Few, though, have had the chance to linger over calligraphic works that convey similar messages.

That’s all about to change thanks to an exhibitions of calligraphic works by Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar, a Sikkimese artist who holds the world record for creating the longest calligraphy scroll, using handmade Tibetan lokta paper measuring 163 metres, showing at Serindia Gallery until the end of this month.

Chakrishar is a master of the tradition and has studied under great masters Geshe Lobsang Tharchin and Professor Samdhong Rinpoche.

His work focuses on the u-med style where brushworks are exhibited freely representing the depth, flexibility and artistic flavour of the Tibetan calligraphy. His other innovation is the depiction of Buddhist deities in miniature calligraphy. They are unique and much appreciated by all Buddhist masters including His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself.

“Yig-tsal”, as the exhibition is called, has been brought to Bangkok through the collaboration of the Paccaya Foundation.

Serindia Gallery is at OP Garden, Charoenkrung 36 (Near BTS SapanTaksin) and open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm).

Find out more at (02) 238 6410 or email