Paubha art

Top Paubha arts of Lalitpur

Patan: Paradise of the fine arts

Also known as the name Lalitpur, which refers to “the city of the beauty”. Patan is the oldest of the other two cities Kathmandu and Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu valley. Patan is a city where we can find Hindu temples, Buddhist monuments and religious art. Hence, Patan city is the paradise of the fine arts.


Top paubha arts of lalitpur
Top Paubha arts of Lalitpur, one of the ancient art forms and the oldest one ever found in Nepal. A Paubha is a customary strict painting made by the Newar nation of Nepal. Paubhas portray gods, mandalas or landmarks, and are utilized to help the specialists in contemplation. The Tibetan identity is known as Thangka.
Most Paubhas show Buddhist topics, however, handcraft has Hindu components. The works of art are made to procure strict legitimacy both for the craftsman and the supporter. Newar Buddhists commission craftsmen to paint which are shown during celebrations and other extraordinary events. The customary painters of Paubhas are the Chitrakar standing who are known as Play on words in Nepal Bhasa.
There are 4 key tips in the Paubha tradition i.e. rule of painting, the benefits of painting, the tradition of painting, and purpose. The correct usage of colours, ingredients, hand, and body postures is the basic rule of painting as per Chitralakshana. A paubha is created mainly to record an event, worship a deity in a temple, for a guthi, for meditative purposes and to obtain a blessing after the completion of a certain action.

paubha chitra
Paubha is drawn on a rectangular piece of canvas. It is produced by applying a combination of buffalo glue and white clay on it. The surface is then patted with a smooth stone to make it clean. The painting is done by the guidelines and dimensions handed down by tradition, and artists cannot exercise their imaginativeness.
While reflecting on the philosophical dimension of Paubha painting, a renowned painter Lok Chitrakar (Chitrakar – a caste within the newar community known as a painter) states that the Paubha is more than just a painting, it is a lesson that ought to be applied in the life of an artist.

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