Photo shows a painter works on a piece of Thangka, at the Labrang Monma Bao Thangka Exhibition Center in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. [Photo/people.cn]
Kelsang SangmoTen Gyatso(R) teaches a young painter to paint Thangka at the Labrang Monma Bao Thangka Exhibition Center in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. [Photo/people.cn]
Mar. 24, 2014 -- A Thangka painting exhibition which possesses one thousand Tibetan Thangka is currently under preparation in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of NW China's Gansu Province, People's Daily reported on March 10.
The exhibition aims to showcase the unique Tibetan painting to the world, according to Kelsang SangmoTen Gyatso, a professor from the Labrang Monma Bao Thangka Exhibition Center in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
Thangka is a traditional Tibetan painting usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene or mandala and embroidered by a textile mounting.With a history of more than 1,300 years, Thangka is taken as the encyclopedia of Tibetan culture.
The time spent on Thangka painting varies in accordance with sizes of each painting.A small piece of Thangka painting usually costs four to five months to be done, while big ones take three to five years, according to She Togya, a young painter from Luqu County, Gannan.
In 2012, the regional government of Gannan initiated the "One thousand Thangka" project and gained supports from the central government with 41 mln yuan having been invested so far.