By Tenzin Dechen
KALIMPONG, India, 23 December 2019
Renowned Tibetan calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar did a live demonstration of Tibetan calligraphy and talked about the importance of Tibetan language in Kalimpong on 22 December.
The Tibetan Settlement Office along with NGOs of Kalimpong invited Dorjee to share his art. The event event took place at Manilhakang.
Tibetans living in Kalimpong, Gangtok, and Darjeeling offered a long-life prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama last year. One of the vows was the preservation of the rich Tibetan language. Dorjee was invited as part of keeping that pledge.
Dorjee had worked as senior official for the Government of Sikkim, India, and the Central Tibetan Administration. He currently works for an NGO, the Conservancy of Tibetan Arts and Culture.
After his retirement he dedicated his time to Tibetan handwriting and its transformation into art forms. He holds the World record for creating the longest calligraphy scroll, which measures 163 metres, containing 65,000 Tibetan characters.
His works have been exhibited internationally.