A two-day workshop-cum-exhibition on the revival of stone carving skill concluded on Thursday at Lonpo House. The workshop was organised by the Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) Leh as an endeavour to revive the art of stone carving in Ladakh which is otherwise being neglected and has become one of the endangered traditional craft skill of Ladakh since there are only few people left who know to carve stones.
CEC, LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar was the Chief Guest on the concluding ceremony. He said LAHDC would support those organisations and individuals with expertise who have projects prepared to preserve any tangible and intangible heritage of Ladakh. Spalbar appreciated activities being carried out by HCHF under the guidance of Dr. Sonam Wangchok for the preservation of ancient knowledge, wisdoms and techniques of Ladakh.
President HCHF, Prof Geshe Konchok Angdu advised the participants that while preserving the traditional stone carving skills, especially to carve mantras, different souvenir items can also be carved on small stones so that it fetches some income for the artists because many tourists visiting Ladakh would be interested to buy such souvenir from Ladakh.
MSW student, Yangchan Dolma, an intern at HCHF, who is doing an extensive research on the stone carving art of Ladakh, gave a presentation about the history of stone carving ‘Mantra Carving’ Ladakh. ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ the matra of Avalokiteshvara is widely found carved on stones and rocks in Ladakh region.
A group of elderly people from Lamayuru who have kept the craft skill alive to this date were given a chance to exhibit their skills in the workshop. President Ladakh Cultural Forum Tsering Norbu Martse and Secretary HCHF Dr. Sonam Wangchok also spoke on the occasion.