The ART and CRAFT of Arunachal Pradesh take their inspiration from the diverse cultures and traditions of the state. One finds a plethora of ethical richness when looking into the deep space, that is “The Land of Dawnlit Mountains” i.e. the ancient culture of Arunachal Pradesh.
Tanaka paintings are religious scroll paintings that depict Buddha and his preaching. These paintings are also an important tool to teach Buddhism primarily displayed in monasteries. The display of Tangkha signifies a great dedication towards religion and self-reliance to achieve salvation. The painting is prevalent in the Buddhist-dominated regions of Tawang, West kameng, Upper Siang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh.’
The women of Arunachal Pradesh excel in weaving handlooms and making handcrafts.
Thangka serves as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. One subject is The Wheel of Life (Bhavachakra), which is a visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment).
The paintings describe historic events related to Lamas. Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests.
- Because the art is explicitly traditional, all symbols and allusions must be in accordance with strict guidelines laid out in Buddhist scripture. The artist must be properly trained and have sufficient religious understanding, knowledge, and background to create an accurate and appropriate Thangka.
- Some common symbols found in these paintings are :
- Treasure Vase
- Conch Shell
- Victory Banner
- Lotus Flower
- Varada Mudra
- Vitarka Mudra