São Paulo: Tibet House, Brazil marked the opening ceremony of the Tibetan Thangka exhibition on 3 February with the representation of Mr. Ricardo Nunes, the Mayor of São Paulo, by Ms. Aline Torres, the Cultural Secretary of the Capital of São Paulo. Ms. Torres was given an expert tour of the thangkas by the Tibetan artists Mr. Ngawang Loday and Mr. Ogyan Shak. In her speech, Ms. Torres emphasized art as a ´tool for change in society´ and ´source of knowledge.´ She also reassured her support to Tibet House in its cultural activities.
The Thangka Exhibition is the first in-person activity of Tibet House, Brazil since the onset of pandemic and lockdown in March 2020. The opening ceremony included speeches by Padma Shri awardee Professor Lia Diskin and Cristina Monteiro, the Councillor of the city of São Paulo besides the president of Tibet House, Professor Elisa Harumi Kozasa, and the Tibetan artists Ngawang Loday and Ogyan Shak. Observing the state and CTA´s health protocols, the opening ceremony had limited participation of twenty guests including Prof Laura Izarra and Prof John Milton from the University of São Paulo. Mr Jigme Tsering, the Director of Tibet House, Brazil presented souvenirs to the esteemed guests, followed by high tea and conversations around Tibetan art.
The fifteen-day Thangka Exhibition will conclude on 17 February 2022 and includes two art retreats-cum-workshops conducted by the Himalayan artist Mr. Ngawang Loday, who is also the curator of thangkas for the exhibition. There would also be a series of talks on Eight Auspicious Symbols by Prof Lia Diskin, the Wheel of Life by Prof Jeanne R Pilli, and on the training techniques involved in traditional Tibetan art by Mr. Vinicus de Assis.
– Report filed by Tibet House Brazil