Bhutan’s Legend - Pemi Tshewang Tashi Is Now Successfully Made Into A Comic And Animation Film

Email

It is a tale of how Pemi Tshewang Tashi, a warrior in his time, gave up his personal life as he dutifully carried out his lord’s order of leading an army into a battle in Trongsa, Bhutan.

(Source: Youtube/iBEST STUDIOS)

 

By Phub Gyem | BBS and Karma Phuntsho | Kuensel

A group of young Bhutanese artists have brought to life the legendary Bhutanese warrior, Pemi Tshewang Tashi in an illustrated comic. It was launched on 17 Sept 2018.

The same group has also made an hour-and-a-half long animated film, which was also based on the ballad of Pemi Tshewang Tashi. The screening of the movie began on 18 Sept at Thimphu’s Lugar Theatre.

A project by the Loden entrepreneur, Tharchen and his IBest team have raised Bhutanese cinematography to a whole new level.

Combining creativity and culture, innovation and history, art and entertainment, the film brings one of the most celebrated Bhutanese stories to the big screen in the form of a beautifully crafted animation.

Background of the legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi

Before this thrilling oral literature was written down, it was chanted as a ‘lozey’ ballad or sung as a song. In the 20th century, the ‘lozey’ was finally written and translated into English.

 

Source: Soundcloud/legend-of-pemi-tshewang-tashi

 

The ballad of Pemi Tshewang Tashi, the chamberlain of Wangdue Dzongpon who made his fateful journey to fight the troops of Jakar Penlop Pema Tenzin in the nineteenth century, is known to most Bhutanese.

It is a tale of how Pemi Tshewang Tashi, a warrior in his time, gave up his personal life as he dutifully carried out his lord’s order of leading an army into a battle in Trongsa, Bhutan. His army was eventually defeated and he committed suicide by jumping off the popular Thomangdrak.

Challenges faced by Tharchen and his team

Bhutan’s history is filled with stories of heroism, tragedy, deception, betrayal and other similar themes which make great subjects for films. Yet, the constraints on resources and skills have hindered many filmmakers from enacting historical scenes.

Tharchen and a large team of animation artists have managed to overcome these challenges. They managed to present a much loved story with impressive visuals and good dialogues.

With Tharchen’s film, the legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi has found a truly powerful and compelling storyteller in order to reach a much larger audience. It was screened during the Thimphu Tshechu period and will also be shown in the subsequent weekends.

Expected popularity of the film

The legend of ‘Pemi Tshewang Tashi’ is a film Bhutanese, both young and old, will enjoy for its creativity and aesthetics in visualising a much beloved traditional story. Moreover, English subtitles have been added which will stand to draw much international attention.

 

Source: picbear.online/tag/ibeststudios

 

Meanwhile, in order to promote the arts and reading culture in the country, the team has said that five per cent of the comic sale proceeds will be donated to VAST Bhutan and READ Bhutan.

A ‘Pemi Tshewang Tashi’ inside each of us

The creators of the comic said that there is actually a ‘Pemi Tshewang Tashi’ deep within every person, struggling to decide which duty to fulfil. Therefore, the comic establishes a certain emotional connection between the character of Pemi Tshewang Tashi and the readers.

“We have to choose between duties. We have to either choose one or the other or give up the benefit of doing the other. So, there’s an internal conflict every day which we have to face,” Ugyen Dorji, an Animation Consultant said.

“If you strip Pemi Tshewang Tashi of his shield, helmet, armour and everything else, he is just like us, an ordinary person.”

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and BBS and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.

 

 


Related Posts

Dhaari Nhaaba – A Movie Not to Be Missed

The veteran director, Kesang P. Jigme has used all the magic tricks in his bag again to weave a compelling narrative.

Apr 21, 2018 21:14

A Woman Of Pure Heart Wins Best Short Film Award

A film with a message, A Woman Of Pure Heart touches on various social issues in Bhutan.

May 08, 2018 18:33

Bhutan Film Festival Held In Sikkim To Commemorate 50 Years Of...

Bhutanese celebrities and Sikkim’s local artists performed various traditional and cultural performances at the...

Jul 15, 2018 14:32

The Next Guardian – First Bhutanese Documentary Film To Be...

This is the first time a documentary film from Bhutan will be screened in Japanese theatres.

Jul 31, 2018 11:26

Nge Tsawai Lama, a story of hope, aspiration and hard work

‘Nge Tsawai Lama’ is literally translated as ‘My Root Guru’. It is a story about how Gyem Dorji, who plays Lopen Pema,...

Oct 04, 2017 09:17

Gyalsey, the Legacy of a Prince

In the 15 years of my life, the funniest yet saddest movie I have ever watched is Gyalsey, the legacy of a prince. Aired...

Jan 09, 2018 07:10

Latest

News

General Election 2018: DNT To Head New Government In Bhutan

This is Bhutan’s third general election. The primary round of elections was held in September, where four parties contested to make it to...

Oct 19, 2018 18:51

Surgery To Separate Bhutanese Conjoined Twins Postponed

One of the twins' health has declined, revealed late night tests just before surgery on Friday.

Oct 12, 2018 16:27

Features

Constructive Steps Taken To Mitigate Impact Of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) In Lunana, Bhutan

Lunana houses four major lakes-Thorthomi, Raphstreng, Luggye and Baytsho. So far, the Thorthomi and Raphstreng lakes are two of the 25...

Oct 20, 2018 08:58

Discover Drupthob Chagzampa – The Great Iron Bridge Builder Who Constructed At Least 60 Suspension Bridges In Bhutan And Tibet

Revered as Drupthob Chagzampa or the ‘Great Iron Bridge Builder’, he was an early and unequalled master of engineering skills.

Oct 14, 2018 16:33

Sports

Bhutan's 'Judo Girl' Fighting For Her Sport Back Home

By competing at the Youth Olympic Games Bueno Aires 2018, 16-year-old Yangchen Wangmo is blazing a trail for judo in the small archery-mad...

Oct 10, 2018 12:45

Two Para Athletes To Represent Bhutan At 3rd Asian Para Games (6-13 Oct) In Palembang, Indonesia

Organised by the Asian Paralympic Committee, the Asian Para Games will be held from 6 - 13 October in Jakarta - Palembang, Indonesia.

Oct 06, 2018 13:06

Business

Bhutan’s DHI Business Acceleration Programme Partners With the University of Texas’s IC2 Institute To Draw On Their Expertise

The press release states that DHI has hired the services of IC2 Institute under the University of Texas, USA as a partner for the programme.

Oct 16, 2018 17:08

Bank At Your Doorstep – Bank Of Bhutan Introduces ‘Banking On Wheels’

Bank of Bhutan (BoB) introduced ‘banking on wheels’ on 3 Oct 2018. It travels to various areas in Thimphu on a fixed weekly schedule.

Oct 09, 2018 17:36

Travel

A Run Unlike Any Other, Get Up Close With Charming Locals And The Magic Of Bhutan’s Highlands In The Laya Run

The third edition of the Laya Run will take place on October 23 from Panjothong to Laya.

Oct 18, 2018 17:14

Be Intrigued By The Kunzang Khorlo Graph Found On The Walls Of Monasteries In Bhutan

In Bhutan, the circular or full wheel style of artistic poetry is found on the walls of many temples and dzongs as one enters the premises.

Oct 13, 2018 18:01

Lifestyle

Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Award Voted COMO Uma Punakha In Bhutan As The 3rd Best Hotel In The World

The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Award is the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

Oct 19, 2018 18:59

ShaMa Foundation Reaches Rural Bhutan, Helps To Provide Potable Water To Remote Villages

The program aims to provide access to safe drinking water in remote and challenging geographies in Bhutan.

Oct 15, 2018 20:39

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!