TALK PROGRAMMER AND WORKSHOP AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CHAUNI
A Talk Programme and a Workshop on Paubha Painting at The National Museum of Chauni in Dec 2011.
A talk programme and a workshop on Paubha painting was conducted at National Museum of Chauni with the generosity of then Director Mr. Bhesh Narayan Dahal of National Museum of Chauni, and a programme coordinator Mr. Udesh Lal Shrestha in Dec. 2011. This workshop is the first kind ever in the history of the National Museums of Nepal where knowledge of the indigenous culture and tradition was shared by a Paubha painter and a Ph.D. Student Renuka Gurung (Pradhan), The Princes School of Traditional Arts, London to the local students of the community. A group of about twenty-three member students of the National Museum of Chauni from eleven different government and medium level schools participated the talk and workshop.
National Museum Of Chauni, Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal. Main Entrance.
A location Map Of National Museum Of Chauni. The traditional building in Red colour has a good collection of Buddhist sculptures including Paubha and Thangka Paintings. The other white building on it’s right (not in the Pic.), has a vast collection of early terracotta, stone and metal Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and Wooden carved arts including medieval Paubhas.
Renuka explains about the history of Paubha painting to the students. Renuka explains about the technique of Paubha painting with the help of visual aid she prepared for the students to help them better understand about the materials and methods of Paubha painting. Renuka tells about the mineral pigments, organic colours used in Paubha painting. She also explained about how colour is prepared and technique of application of colour to the students.
Students were taught about the symbolism of lotus in Buddhism. They were taught to sketch the lotus as a symbol of Buddha. Before proceeding sketching, the students were told about the importance of meditation and why it is an integral part of the Paubha painting process. The students participated in a short meditation during the course. Renuka helps each and every student to learn the technique of painting by using a brush in a right way.
Finally the students were asked to fill up the questionnaire prepared by Renuka as a part of her survey on the case study of the "Role and responsibility of the Traditional Artists toward handing down of their knowledge and skills to the students of their community".
• Create awareness among the local students about the existence and importance of their own cultural tradition.
• Make students more responsible and committed toward the preservation and promotion of their traditional practices and arts such as Paubha.
• Share and respect their own cultural tradition along with other traditional practices Along with the above-mentioned objectives, the workshop was conducted with an aim to share the knowledge and the skills to the students who come from varied economic backgrounds irrespective of caste, creed, gender, age and economic status of their parents. The students listened the history and technique of Paubha painting and equally enjoyed sketching lotus and painting by directly getting involved in the workshop. At the end the students had one complete painting in their hand. Finally they were given a chance to share their feelings, experience, and expectations by filling up the questionnaire prepared by Renuka as a part of her survey. At the end, some excellent paintings were identified and the respective students were appreciated and encouraged with a big applause. They were awarded by certificate of appreciation at the end of the programme
Report of the survey:
Except one student, all the students who participated in the talk and workshop mentioned that they did not know about this form of art Paubha before and are pleased to learn about Paubha in the workshop. The students have clearly stated that though they have art class in their schools, they are not taught about Paubha painting in their respective schools. They have shown their interest and willingness to learn more about their indigenous art such as Paubha if opportunities provided in near future. The students wrote that they have become aware and concerned toward the preservation of their own cultural tradition and be proud. Out come of the Talk programme and the workshop:
• Local students learnt about the indigenous art form such as Paubha in the National Museum premises, which is a matter to be proud of for the National Museum and for the students as well.
• The students became more interested toward learning their own traditional practices, share and preserve the tradition. Future programme:
• Renuka is committed toward the National Museum of Chauni in continuation of such programme, so that her skills and knowledge is handed down to the children of the community. Such activity ensures the promotion and preservation of traditional arts such as Paubha.