Professional Talk on Tibetan Traditional Art of Wood Craving.
19th May, 2017: Students of class IX, X and XI of Senior Section, Upper TCV school gathered at Dekyi Tsering hall on the 19th of May 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m. to enlighten themselves on the unique Tibetan traditional art of carpentry as well as wood carving skills. The resource person for this talk was Mr. Tenzin Gyaltsen, the master of the woodcarving studio, Norbulingka Institute.
Mr. Gyaltsen began his talk by introducing to the 390 students the various types of Tibetan traditional wood carving crafted by his teacher and the Norbulingka institute and the various wood carving tools, which the students watched with awe.
He then made the students aware of the mushrooming of wood carving skills in Tibet from the king Songtsen Gampo. He further told the students that our Tibetan culture is deeply rooted in religion and the close connection of woodcraft with the religion in the past could easily be realized with the help of wooden scriptures. Revolting strongly against the misconception held by many in terms of meaning of education, he told that education must not only confine to academics. It should be inclusive of various skills besides academic. He further explained about the uniqueness and the beauty of Tibetan woodcrafts. Expressing his concern and trepidation, he voiced for the dire need of the Tibetans to conserve, promote and propagate the Tibetan art. He advised and reminded the students that it is our responsibility to conserve and preserve those unique art and culture, and paying attention to our unique Tibetan art could do the same.
A question answer session followed his talk. To the questions put up by the students, Mr. Gyaltsen provided his answers based on his life history. His personalized based talk surely has left a mark in the minds and hearts of our students.