The Sacred Art of Nepal
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Handing down of Paubha Tradition

Talk on "Early Paubha: A Reflection Of Early Newar Buddhist Practices of the Kathmandu Valley", at National Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) on july 2nd. 2012 Monday

Paubha Painting by Renuka Gurung(Pradhan)

The programme was organised by National Academy of Fine Arts and was attended by students of Arts from Lalitkala campus and the scholars, journalists and many other art enthusiasts and cultural experts. Renuka while explaining about the early Paubha painting practices tried to draw attention toward the present scenario of traditional arts and the traditional artists. She also shared her view and mission toward the preservation and promotion of Paubha painting globally. There was a discussion and interaction between the scholars, cultural experts, journalists and art students at the end.

Kathmandu: With the intention to inform interested onces about the Paubha painting of Nepal, the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts(NAFA) organized a talk programme on "Paubha painting tradition" a reflection of early Newari Buddhist practices of Kathmandu valley on July 2 at NAFA. Naxal. Renuka Pradhan Gurung, a PhD student of the Princes School of Traditional Arts, London and also a wildlife biologist, gave a Powerpoint presentation on the topic which was attended by art students, academicians and artists. Gurung gave brief introduction about what is Paubha art and how the word paubha came into existence. “There are various words that denote Paubha like Prabha Mandal, Patra Bhattaraka, Pratibharanda. Pratibahara, Paubhaha and Paubha.”she explained According to Gurung, in sanskrit Patra Bhattaraka means painting of highly respectable figure on a platform of cloth where the artwork is down with respect; with time the word changed and now it is known as Paubha. About Paubha art she shared. “Paubha painting is practiced by the newari priest group like Bajracharya and its techniques were transferred to the new generation by the old ones. It was done for religious purposes rather than as a form of art where the techniques of creating Paubha art were a secret and only the family members of the priests knew them. Which became one of the drawbacks for fostering paubha art. She also informed that Paubha painting was one of the means to create consciousness about religion and it was a medium to communicate with the Almighty. “Later in the Malla period. It became a form of documentation of important royal celebrations." Gurung showed a picture of traditional Nepali Paubha preserved in various international museums. She emphasized the need for protection and preservation of traditional Paubha art. Junu Basukala, who attended the talk opined. “Art helps one know about one’s country’s history and its is a field where lots of research is needed. Such talk programme helps us to know what’s happening to our art and what should be done for its betterment. Though the program gave only a surface idea on Paubha it is a good start for awareness." Article was published on The Himalayan Times (Sunday July 8th 2012)