Department of Tibetan Traditional Painting

Department of Traditional Tibetan Painting offers U.G and P.G courses on Traditional Tibetan Painting that includes training in both Thanka and wall mural paintings. The courses include subjects such as iconography, iconometry and chromatics of Traditional Tibetan Painting, which are deeply rooted in Buddhist philosophy. Courses also include classes on Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art as well as the Global History of Art with a sub-category of the History of Buddhist Art and Tibetan and English Languages.

History
The origin of Tibetan arts of making tools, buildings and other necessary equipments goes back to the reign of Tibetan King Nyatri Tsenpo (27 BC).

It is said that the formal arts based on Buddhism came into light during the 28th King Lha-tho-ho ri-nyen-tsen. Later in the 7th century, Tibetan arts developed with the royal matrimony with the Kings of Nepal and China. With the marriage of Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to the princesses of Nepal and China had played a vital role in spread of Buddhism and Buddhist based arts in Tibet.

The emperor Trisong Detsen, invited many Indian Buddhist scholars to Tibet and with their help built the first ever Buddhist monastery in Tibet, which had blended architectural styles of India, Tibet and China. With this developed the art of making idols and drawing the scroll and wall painting of the Buddha, the deities and the greats Buddhist masters of India and Tibet.

From these different styles of fine arts, Tibetans have developed their own traditions of style. Later they are known by the tradition of Men-Lug (sman lugs), Khen-Lug (mKhan Lugs) and Karma Gardis (karma sgar bris).

Course Outcomes


U.G Shastri (BA) in Traditional Tibetan Painting:


P.G Acharya (MA) in Traditional Tibetan Painting:

Upon the completion of the courses, students should:

  1. Have acquired a clear understanding of the background to the origin of Traditional Tibetan Fine Arts; a sound knowledge of its perspective in Modern Fine Arts.
  2. Be equipped with the methodological capability to be able to conduct postgraduate or independent research on virtually any topics of Traditional Tibetan Fine Arts and Modern Fine Arts.
  3. Have acquired a good understanding of the key doctrines of Tibetan Fine Arts.
    • ▶ To preserve and transmit the culture heritage of traditional Tibetan arts.
    • ▶ Origins of traditional Tibetan arts
    • ▶ Introduction to traditional Tibetan Arts.
    • ▶ Origin and Growth of traditional Tibetan Arts with the aim to preserve and promote and research in the Tibetan Traditional Fine Arts.

Faculty Members
Name : Dr. Dorjee Damdul     
Designation : Associate Professor
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Name : Shri Jigme    
Designation : Assistant Professor in Painting(HOD)
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Name : Prof. S. Deshpande    
Designation : Retd. Professor in English Literature
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Name : Dr. Suchita Sharma    
Designation : Assistant Professor History & Aesthetic
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Name : Shri Dechen Dorjee    
Designation : Guest Lecturer in Tibetan Literature
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