A 3-day exhibition on Sand Mandala drawing and butter sculpture (Kargyan) making was inaugurated by renown Historian and scholar Shri Tashi Rabgias at Lonpo House near Leh Palace in 2010.
The training cum exhibition was organized by Himalayan Culture Heritage Foundation (HCHF) in collaboration with Chemray Gonpa and SACRE. Around 35 monks of Chemdey gonpa some foreign tourists and few locals attended the function. The incredible butter sculptures, sand mandalas and thankas being made by the monks as a part of their training was a pleasurable treat to ones eyes.
Shri. Tashi Rabgias also inaugurated the office of the newly formed organization called Himalayan Culture Heritage Foundation at Lonpo House, today.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Tashi Rabgias stressed on the importance of preserving and promoting rich cultural heritage of Ladakh as well as other parts of Himalaya. He also credited the organizers for taking such novel steps and putting in great efforts to keep alive the old age art and culture through such initiatives.
Dr. Sonam Wangchok, Secretary, HCHF highlighted the aims and objectives of Himalayan Culture Heritage Foundation and said that the organization was founded as an endeavour to promote and preserve the centuries old rich Himalayan cultural heritage. “More than anything we lay great stress on trainings and workshops that ensures more practical and beneficial outcomes both in terms of learning and preserving the art form” says Dr. Sonam.