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Ladakh Diaries Part 9: Lamayuru

Lamayuru is one of the most ancient monasteries in Ladakh, the oldest surviving structure dating to the 11 th century CE. What makes this monastery particularly fascinating, is its location, amidst what is today called the “moonscape”, for the spectacular natural rock formations, which truly are “out of the world”! As per legend , there once existed a huge lake in this area, populated only by the Nagas (serpents). It was prophesized that there would be a great monastery built here. This prophecy came true when the great acharya Naropa (756-1041 CE) arrived. He emptied the lake, meditated for many years inside a cave, and built the first monastery here. The present structure is a new one, built around the cave where Acharya Naropa is said to have meditated. This legend seems to fit well with the geological formations seen in the area, which suggest this was a paleo-lake, which disappeared around 1000 years ago. Lamayuru is about 130 km from Leh , and the Indus River flows along th

Samhith's work of art


This is one of Samhith's latest creations - he has just learnt to draw!!! Yes, at the age of 6 and a half, it is indeed a bit late, but he has never been interested in drawing or colouring! "Why should I want to draw or colour?" has been the refrain for so long! He couldn't even colour properly, let alone draw anything!


Then, suddenly, last month, he brought back a perfectly coloured sheet from school, telling me that one of his friends had helped him out, teaching him how to draw within the boundaries! I can never thank the little girl who helped him out enough!

And then, imagine my surprise when he brought back a note from the teacher, informing that he was to participate in a drawing competition! So, we spent Sunday morning drawing a school bus, which was the topic given. This drawing below is the one he drew by himself, as a sort of trial, and then he drew it finally on art paper, which he has taken along with him to school.

I wanted to take  a pic of the final drawing, but with one thing and the other, we somehow missed it, and it has now been sent off to school. But this, his very first effort, deserves a mention on my blog, which is where he now looks for appreciation...

A special thanks to Sudhir, Usha's brother, who has been instrumental in encouraging Samhith to draw. The poor chap has spent so much time with him, giving into his drawing demands, but also trying to get him to do his bit.....

So, guys, please take a look, and leave your comments for the  little chap!




Comments

  1. Having seen Samhith draw I know he can draw well. He just feels he cannot because he compares his skills with those of grown-ups. The final piece was very colorful and neat. All of us at home loved it. So, here's to more drawing from Samhith!

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  2. Excellent work Samhith. Keep drawing. Even the colouring is v. good. Show more drawings to us dear.

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  3. Very well done Samhith.. u are really good at this.. may be u shd draw and paint more often

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  4. awesome ..i love the colours he has used..

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  5. good job!! Samhith. write something about your drawing in a separate sheet of paper , staple the papers together- you know what you get "A book". Your very own special book. Then call yourself an author and illustrator. Anu, he is a good artist. My son always does that, he now adds a few sentences to his drawing and calls it his story book.

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  6. Dont know how i missed this... tell Samhith it is adorable and wow.. :))

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  7. Excellent job. Way to go, kid. Enroll him an a class.

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  8. Thanks to all of you who have left your comments.. Samhith is absolutely thrilled! He loves all this appreciation and am sure it will encourage him to draw and paint more....

    @Usha: you know him really well now...and he's really going to miss you a lot! esp Sudhir and Sriram.. and all those drawing sessions too....

    @Mridula: thanks a lot... hes so happy!

    @Chitra: thanks from Samhith.... i am sure i am soon going to be flooded with drawings to be put up on the blog :)

    @AJCL: thanks so much.. that is exactly what i have been telling him... thanks for supporting me...

    @ssstoryteller: oh yes! till last month, he used to just use one colour for everything,... but now he suddenly seems to have realised the use of different colours...

    @Rajesh:: thanks a lot!

    @Aarti: thanks so much..he's thrilled at the number of comments he has recieved!

    @Asha: I was thinking of that, but he doesnt want to, yet.. so i think i shall wait...at least he wants to do it by himself now...

    @Bhavesh: thanks.... it is...

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