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Observing Thangka Artists at Work
Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan settlement in India, and it’s not just a monastic center. The place is home to the heart of Tibetan art and culture as well, kept alive in hundreds of little ways. Hire a rickshaw from one of the many that stand guard at the entrance to the Golden Temple and ask the driver to take you to a Thangka artist’s house. When I visited, there were two students as well who were working with theThangka master. Intricate patterns were painstakingly etched. I speak to Pema, one of the students, who tells me that he has come from Darjeeling to study with the master. “Is it not hard to be an artist these days?” I ask. He shrugs. “Someone has to carry on the tradition,” he says, dipping his brush in a palette of blue, and tracing a beautiful flower on the easel in front of him. Thangkas are also available for sale and are a beautiful way to contribute to the local community.Smitha Murthy
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Jhandidara: A Quiet Hamlet in Darjeeling
Jhandidara: A Quiet Hamlet in Darjeeling The first encounters with the mountains are always special. Mine was too, and it happened in a little village called Jhandidara tucked in the Himalayas in Darjeeling district. I always dreamt of going to a green mountain, shrouded with trees and where the clouds touched you and where it rained all year long. Jhandidara was exactly my dream. A very sparsely populated hamlet, Jhandidara or Jhandi, as it is lovingly called by the locales, is still quite unknown in the tourist map.Tias Basu
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