Five students including me had been sent to Burapha University for the detailed study of paintings and sculptures. We take this opportunity to thank the teachers and students of Bhurapha University for their kind cooperation and consideration.
Palazhimadhanam installation and other paintings and sculptures made of gold which we observed at the Suvarnabhoomi Airport was my first step to a new artistic world. The significance of gold in the art and cultural field of a Buddhist country like Thailand is immense. They largely use gold in most of the sculptures and paintings including mural paintings.
For the study purpose we visited several Buddhist temples . The most attractive and beautiful among them was the gold decorated murals and sculptures of Wat phra kaew temple in Bangkok . Most of the mural paintings are based on Ramayanam stories. We saw very minute and detailed work in each and every painting. Much similarity could be seen between Indian miniature painting and Thailand mural painting.
In Thailand, they use natural colours for mural paintings. They prepare walls by giving a coat of the mixture of jaggery, lime and other mixtures from nature. The most attractive feature is the fixing of gold on the ornaments of their paintings.
We copied the traditions of Thai mural paintings which we feel most attractive to our books and then to canvas.
The sanctuary of truth in Pattaya which is fully made up of Teakwood was the most beautiful and exciting building in Thailand. The sculptures in this building are based on the three god concepts of Hindus and the concepts of Buddhism. The minute and exciting work of this building had started since 1980 and expecting to be completed by 2050.
The colourful paintings, the beautiful sculptures and other handicrafts of Thailand are ever memorable. The training given by the teachers and the hospitality of our friends in Thailand are the most valuable gifts that ever had in our life and we will remain in our memory for ever.
Bhurapha University, Thailand
Jan 1th - Mar 9th