Dance of Milarepa

Art Description

The Druk Wangyel Tshechu, commissioned by the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in 2011, is a unique festival performed entirely by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks. One special dance which will captivate the audience is about Jetsun Milarepa (1040-1123), the great poet of the Himalayas. He was on a spiritual pursuit when five fearsome rock demons tried to distract him from the righteous path. Despite their vicious and malevolent display of fangs and claws, the strong-willed Milarepa subdued and transformed them by reciting his famous words of wisdom.

Art Specification

Title: Dance of Milarepa
Year: 2022
Dimension: 100X100cm
Medium: Acrylic
Exhibited In: Healing with Happiness
Price: Price on Request
Artwork Code: HWH105

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Deki Choden

Born 2001, From Thimphu

I was a self-taught artist until I joined VAST Bhutan where I gained a wider perspective of art. This enabled me to explore various other dimensions, mediums and techniques. At VAST Bhutan I learned the concept of ‘teamwork’ as an important tool in life. Meeting, working and engaging in conversations with different individuals and perceptions concerning art enhanced my own skills. I learned that the knowledge of self-expression is a must-have tool for every individual.

This series of paintings depict the various dances performed at religious festivals- Tshechu, which are still widely attended and an important community event in Bhutan. The dances derive from Buddhist teachings, and are rich with meaning and symbolism.