The B. P Koirala India-Nepal Foundation and the Nepal Buddhist Federation collaborated to organize a two-day Exhibition and Talk on Sambhota/Bhoti script at the Nepal Art Council in Babarmahal, Kathmandu. The event was inaugurated by Pramila Kumari, Minister of State for Education, Science and Technology, Government of Nepal, alongside Khenpo Kamal Bhandari, President of the Nepal Buddhist Federation, and Khenpo Geshe Thupten Jikdol, Chairperson of the Buddhist Philosophy Promotion & Monastery Development Committee.
The exhibition showcased over 40 calligraphic paintings featuring sacred Buddhist mantras, crafted by Master Calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee from Sikkim, India. Dorjee provided a live demonstration of the Sambhota script’s style and application, teaching participants how to write their names in this ancient script.
In her address, Minister Pramila Kumari highlighted the significance of diverse cultures and traditions in shaping a nation’s identity. She emphasized the common thread of Buddhism that runs through the rich cultural heritage of Nepal and India.
Jamyang Dorjee, the Master Calligrapher, pointed out that the Bhoti script is widely used in the Himalayan regions of both India and Nepal. He also noted Nepal’s enduring tradition of the Ranjana Script, which has been utilized for centuries in the transcription of sacred and significant Buddhist literature.
The event drew a substantial audience, including lawmakers, representatives from various monasteries, Buddhist associations, and students specializing in Bhoti and Buddhist studies. The exhibition will remain open to the public at the Nepal Art Council until September 16, 2023.