Studying at ITTA:
Admission to the Institute is open to anyone with a passion for thangka painting and the willingness to commit to the intensive training program. At present, there are 25 male and female students from Tibet, India, Mongolia and Russia attending the five-year course.
Migmar Tsering (1968) was trained from the age of thirteen under Master Topgyal at the Tibetan Ancient Arts Restoration Association, Lhasa. For seven years he restored exquisite murals and paintings on the facades of the Potala Palace, Norbulinka, Sera, Drepung, and other famous places in Tibet during the summer, while he worked on thangkas in the winter. In 1987 he came to India and trained with Ven. Sangye Yeshi for five years. He recently restored murals in Kalmykia, Russia.
Tenzin Ngodup (1974) completed a six-year course with Ven. Sangye Yeshi in 1993. For the past three years he has been painting a series of thangkas for His Holiness the 9th Kalca Jhezun Dhampa.
Migmar and Tenzin have both painted many thangkas for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and for Buddhist practicioners all over the world. Their thangkas and calligraphy have been exhibited in India, France, and South Korea.
The Menris Tradition
For centuries the rich art of Tibet was influenced by its neighbors, India and China. Menlha Dhondup introduced the first original Tibetan painting style in the 1500s. The later styles reflected his work, thus establishing the Menris tradition throughout Tibet.
It is characterized by clear outlines, strong colors, fine shadings, and its accentuations in gold.
The development of this style was interrupted by the Chinese invasion of Tibet. The tradition was revived by Ven. Sangye Yeshi, and flourishes today at ITTA in Dharamsala.
Institute of Tibetan Thangka Art