Yig-Tsal: Calligraphy Art of Tibet
by Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar

The Himalayan Buddhist transmission tradition in visual art forms does not limit itself to phurba and thangka paintings, but also exists in a large corpus - textual forms that extend artistically to calligraphic works, as seen in ancient leaves and manuscript covers. For centuries the calligraphic tradition continues in Tibetan script until modern days, with works by contemporary masters such as Trungpa Rinpoche.

Calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar is one master of this tradition and has studied under great masters Geshe Lobsang Tharchin and Professor Samdhong Rinpoche in School in Shimla, India. In 2010, he wrote a 165 meter-long Tibetan calligraphy, creating a world record for the longest calligraphy scroll in the world.

His work focuses on the u-med style where brushworks are exhibited freely representing the depth, flexibility and artistic flavor of the Tibetan calligraphy. His other innovation is the depiction of Buddhist deities in miniature calligraphy. They are very unique and much appreciated by all Buddhist masters including His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself.

Yig-tsal is an exhibition of his recent works and will be on view and available at Serindia Gallery from 25 August to 30 September. This exhibition is made possible with the support from the Paccaya Foundation.