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The Art piece is Known as thangkas, the typical paintings of Sikkim, were originally a medium of reverence through which the highest ideals of Buddhism were evoked. Thangkas are created on cotton canvas and often framed with silk. They depict images of different gods, goddesses, and philosophies related to Buddhism. Traditionally, thangkas were made by Buddhist priests and monks and specific ethnic groups. The skills were passed from generation to generation. Today commercialization has helped spread this art form among a larger group of people. The revenue earnings from this art have also helped the monasteries and its practitioners keep it alive. There are three types of thangkas. One depicts the life of Buddha, his birth, his disillusionment with life, his search for enlightenment and his understanding of life. The second type of thangka is more abstract. These paintings represent the Buddhist beliefs of life and death. One example could be the Tibetan Wheel of Life, which symbolizes the Buddhist belief of transmigratory existence. The third type of the thangka consists of paintings that are often used as a tool for meditation or as offerings to the deities. These paintings are usually done against a white background. The colors used are all vegetable dyes and each has a special significance. White stands for serenity, golden for the birth or life, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana, red for the intensity of passion both love and hatred, black for anger, yellow for compassion and green for consciousness. The colors used in making a Thangka are all vegetable or mineral dyes extracted from the nature.
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This is bad to see as the artist is surviving at this modern digitalis.I found him at road side,he struggles with his one eye and the other eye is damaged for polio disease at his childhood and that proves that his ancestor's life. these men is fighting for daily bread,and the art is fighting to survive.

Thank you.

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