The late master artist, Jampa
Tsetan from Lhasa
Artists in Dharamsala
Since I, Atsuro visited
Alchi temple in Ladakh in mid-summer 1985,
out of curiosity "how and
by whom those images were created?",
I repeatedly visited Northern
India range and searching art sources around.
One of those days, Mr. Pema
Gyalpo (the head of Tibet Culture Centre Tokyo Japan)
gave me an introduction
to meet the master artist Jampa Tsetan who was
living in Dharmsala. And
I Immediately proposed the artist.
Although it was very short
seasons I got teaching of the artist
'cause his passing away
suddenly in 1988 at 60.
Anyway the days with him
and his family were,
perhaps one of the most
peaceful moments in my life.
In the same relationship
to him, I met some his disciples: Ven.Thupten,Mr. Lobsang,
and some Japanese disciples,
Mr.Kenji Babasaki, Ms.Mie Tamaki. and also
Among them, most good fellow
of mine was
Dhundup, the eldest son of Jampa-la,
Obviously he's in new generation.
He's frank, his study reflecting
And I agreed with him on
the Rock music taste.
In 1995, I invited the artist
Mr.Tsering to Japan.
He did good lectures at
Tibet Culture Centre Tokyo and Bukkyo Univ. Kyoto
(Owing so much to Prof.
Onoda in the Univ. for the arrangement).
Anyway here settled my matter
with Tibet or Tibetan.
Lastly make a mention of,
unforgettable existence of other master artists in Dharamsala.
who keeps sMan-ris Lhasa style exactly same as late Jampa's tradition.
Also Ven.Sange Yeshe in
the Library class of Tibetan secretariat. Also Gompo-la in
And Sonam-Wangchuk &
Lodi who came from Bhutan.
Rinzin-Paljor, who completed 2 volumes of iconometric treatise but unfortunately
Most of these artists are
sMan-ris style painters.
Some do class teaching and
others hold traditional master-disciple system.
Anyway they all help and
support young able artists to rise in future of Tibetan culture.
So well, at a distance from
Dharamsala within Himachal Pradesh-----in Manali,
there's another master
sPon-Dorje, the teacher of Manali traditional art school.
He himself is the expert
of delicate Karma-Gadri style,
and teaching for young disciples
who come from Zanskar and Spiti. concentrating
to keep both Indian and
Tibetan culture, beyond the border.
And by such deed of them,
introducing the spirit of Thangka art toward all of the world.
(I'm sorry that lacking unity
of the title of honour.)
retouched on "The
Bulletin of Tibet Culture Centre International Japan", July 1993, p.24
Lobsang-la, disciple of
Jampa-la, painting Chakrasamvara
Monk artist, Ven.Jamyang-la
Sherap-la, disciple of
Ven.Jamyang. He's nice!
Gompo-la, TCV teacher
Son of Gompo-la, painting
Thargye-la, disciple of
Handicraft centre, Master
sculptor with his Vajrayogini
Another Sculptor preparing
NorbuLingka art master
Tashi Dorje-la, son of
Rinzin Paljor, with Avalokitesvara
Urgyan-la, expert of facial
finishing on statues
Migmar-la recently from
sPon Dorje-la, Manali
art school Master
My friend Rev.Thonden-la,
Gyud-med 3D mandala artist
Venerable Gyud-med Tantric
photos're taken by me, Atsuro Seto
or brought by my friend: Mr.Tsering Dhundup
when he visited Japan to introduce their activities
Message from The Artist:
My late father Jampa Tsetan
had come refuge with H.H.the Dalai Lama
and been painting Thangka
in Dharmsala since then.
All those good days, many
Tibetan and foreign disciples gathering around him.
I was staring at their passionate
works and growing there I've become an artist.
Now I come this land Japan
where my father once visited.
So I wish we Tibetan and
Japanese can harmonize the image of Buddha inside of ours.
Actually, art is a unique
Through art, we can communicate
even the most subtle perception.
Don't you think so? Thank
you to be here.
A Tibetan artist from Dharmsala,
Lectured on the Art in
Aug. '95 at Tibet Culture
Centre International, Tokyo.
Sep. '95 at Bukkyo University, Kyoto, Japan.