Dharmapala Thangka Centre is a thangka painting school with an
experience of over 30 years in the art of traditional thangka painting.
In recent years, the artists of the Centre have participated in numerous
international exhibitions. It is painted in the
heart of Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal by ancient iconographic documents
of Tibetan Buddhism thangkas in detail and refinement, as they are very
hard to find in another place.
Dharmapala center is the institution affiliated with a monastic tradition
of the northern Buddhist artisans of Nepal, dedicated towards the field
of preservation and promotion of the rule of lamaistic thangka painting.
center was established under the rule and regulation of the HMG Nepal
in 1982 A.D. The centre was culturally and spiritually patron by the
Late [Nyigma-pa] lama Pemagyalpo [tamang] [1902-99]. Late Lama Pemagyalpotamang
was guardian and inspiration of this Thangka painting institution. Pemagyalpo
himself was a householder tantric Buddhist priest with his dynamic knowledge
of artistic skill and talents. This institute was formed under the presidency
of Yubaraj lama with parallel leadership of Karsang lama as a chief
artist, third generation world-renowned experts in painting.
Although, originated in India and Nepal since 1970, Tibetan scroll paintings
[especially for tourists] were painted. There was concern in these works
to mass production under varying quality. Iconographic correctness could
not be taken. For a picture of this production, only a few days were
Thangkas from Dharmapala Centre, however, sometimes need 12 months or
more to complete. "Chief Artist" Karsang Lama, a world renowed,
third generation painter has his each thangka created under his supervision
in strict compliance with the traditional basics.
How to order thangka
If you are interested to order thangkas, you have two options:
You choose one of the Thangkas published on this site. If you're lucky,
it is immediately available, otherwise it is custom made for you in
Kathmandu. On request, we will inform you the availability
You can give us a "personal" Thangka order being painted especially
for you in Nepal. For this, we need a color photograph, a color copy,
a source book, exhibition catalog, calendar or similar.
Thangkas from the Darmapala Centre are individual works of art that
cannot be produced in mass production in a short time. Therefore, it
takes between 3 and 18 months, or even longer, until your completed
image. This time depends on the size and the contents and the embodiment
of the thangka painting. Red [Marthang] and black [Nakthang] thangkas
are more complicated than colored pieces. Goldgreen [Sherthang] thangkas
need more time. To give you an idea of the progress of your order during
the waiting period, you will receive approximately every four weeks
recordings from the painting workshop.
Each thangkas comes with a detailed description, which provides information
on production, iconographic content and its significance.
Depending on the quality, size and type, the prices of the thangkas are
from 250.00 to morer than 10 000.00 Euros, sometimes even more. Please inquire us and we
will assist you.
If you do not like a purchased thankga painting, of course you have a
right to return, this also applies to commissioned works.
Each thangkas can be provided on request with a brocade
frame. Your Thangka is consecrated in your order, if necessary, in
a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu
in a Puja. A consecration inscription
can be mounted on the back, in request with your name in Tibetanscript.
Please visit the numerous pages of this website. And inquire us or call
us if questions remain unanswered. We will do our best to assist you.