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Cities of Devotion: Newar Buddhist Traditions and the Paintings of Yuvak Tuladhar

Exhibit - Painting | March 1 – May 1, 2013 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)

Yuvak Tuladhar, Artist

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for South Asia Studies

Long after Buddhism faded in India, the artists of the historical Nepal Valley (where Buddhism survives as a vibrant tradition to this day) continued to create Buddhist icons of such renown that they were sought across Central Asia and even attracted the patronage of the imperial court in China. Today this venerable artistic tradition continues to flourish in its homestead in the ateliers of the Kathmandu Valley. Though besieged by rampant development, the glorious royal squares in the center of Nepal's ancient capitals, Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, have been kept intact with their unique ensembles of temples and palatial buildings. The name of Bhaktapur itself means "City of Devotees."

The magnificent artistic heritage and deeply held beliefs continue to inspire Newar craftsmen and artists such as Yuvak Tuladhar. His icons reveal a personal and powerful vision of Buddhism, and his gentle town- and landscapes express a yearning for the Nepal of his childhood, a place that has changed dramatically­indeed in many ways beyond recognition­as Kathmandu has exploded as the fastest growing city of Asia.

Friday, March 22, 5 p.m.
Institute of East Asian Studies Conference Room,
2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley CA

"Contemporary Nepalese Art Practice:
A Conversation with Artist Yuvak Tuladhar"

Atreyee Gupta, History of Art, UC Berkeley
Todd Lewis, World Religions, Holy Cross University
Sugata Ray, History of Art, UC Berkeley
Yuvak Tuladhar, Artist
Sanjeev Uprety, Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Alexander von Rospatt, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 510-642-2809