Lham Tsome Cham: The Dance Of Mahakali

Art Description

The dance of the female guardian deity Palden Lhamo (Mahakali).

Mahakali, the main deity of Drukpa Kagyu, wears a dark blue mask in the company of her four attendants who wear white, yellow, blue and green masks.

The two mask dances are part of the dance of Mahakali.

Artwork Specification
Title: Lham Tsome Cham: The Dance Of Mahakali
Year: 2020
Dimension: 150×150 cm
Medium: Acrylic
Price: Nu. 2,00,000/-

About the Artist

I have been a member of VAST Bhutan since age 15. I graduated from Gaeddu College of Business Studies in 2013  and continued submitting works of art for exhibitions after that. 

From a very young age I would participate in art competitions in school. My friends motivated me and would tell me about VAST Bhutan. When I was in Class 8 my father introduced me to VAST Bhutan since the founder, Asha Kama, was his friend.

My parents’ fear of my economic independence, if I became an artist, discouraged me to take art full time. I work in the tourism sector but my love for art is forever. I make time to create as much as I can and now my parents and my family, especially my wife’s encouragement in art, is unending. 

Before I would do more sketching (black and white) with pencil but  after joining VAST I started using colors. Since I did not go to art school, learning or drawing portraits seemed very hard for me. I  kept improving as I learned  from my friends.

I was inspired by Asha Kama as he was the pioneer of contemporary art in Bhutan. Creating works of art gives me boundless joy and satisfaction. A great artist is one who  learns with and from each other. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by fellow artists who teach me invaluable lessons.

 Many Bhutanese think that there is no future in art but I feel that art, unlike any other profession,is more promising especially since one enjoys creating from the heart. 

I used to feel nervous among other artists since I started so late but now I feel so proud to be a part of this family. 

I like to explore but currently I am  focusing  more on traditional subjects especially chham (mask dance). The colorful and vibrant subjects are pleasing to the eyes and also display the authentic and colorful culture of Bhutan. The medium that I use mostly is acrylic.

Born 1987 , from Wangdue

Jamyang Dorji (Adap)
Jamyang Dorji (Adap)

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