Atsara

Art Description

The reason why we chose Atsara is because most of us think that the atsaras are just clowns. However, Atsaras are known as the Kings of Tshechu (Festivals with Mask Dances) who have mastered all the mask dances.

In a more modern description, Atsaras teach the public about safe sex and act as entertainers.

We drew three Atsaras because we wanted to represent Kencho Sum. However, in our painting we have one atsara who holds a cell phone. This is to symbolize that people can still be corrupted by mortal desires and be led astray from attaining enlightenment.

The two atsaras in the background who are holding the phallus symbolize their struggle to attain enlightenment through the traditional dances.

Artwork Specification
Title: Atsara
Year: 2020
Dimension: 150×150 cm
Medium: Acrylic
Group Work: Tashi Namgyal & Jigme Yoezer Thinley

About the Artists

Tashi Namgyal:

I started my art journey with stickmen, slowly moved onto stickmen with poses and was inspired by animation and games. Now I mostly draw Fanart of my favorite characters.

However, I want to be able to create different types of artwork that can inspire and connect with people. I mostly do digital art but sometimes I miss the flow of ink on paper or the blending of paints, maybe even the flow of copic markers.

As such, I’m constantly jumping between different mediums and can never find a definite style of my own. I am a jack of all trades but a master of none.

Born 2002, From Thimphu

Tashi Namgyal
Tashi Namgyal

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Jigme Yoezer Thinley:

I am 16 years old. I started sketching and drawing  when I was 11. Although my father is not an artist he has inspired me to draw. He once told me that a Rinpoche had mentioned that my hand can create things that people will admire- so he encouraged me to create art.

I joined VAST Bhutan in 2018 where I learned more about art. I am forever grateful to Asha Kama and senior artists of VAST for the support and love. My gratitude to Tashi Namgyal for coming up with the concept and having me share the canvas with him. I have learned and enjoyed a lot while painting these Atsaras.

Born 2005, from Samdrup Jongkhar

Jigme Yoezer Thinley
Jigme Yoezer Thinley

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