PanSuriya Art Post

lokanat : new year’s peace
28 December 2009, 03:53
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The Lokanat is known in Myanmar as the guardian spirit of the world. In Sanskrit, the name is Avalokiteśvara. In Thailand, he is worshiped as Lokesvara. In the Tibetan sphere, the spirit is known as Chenrezig, and the Dalai Lama is an emanation of this spirit. In the Japanese and Chinese spheres, the spirit is Kannon and Kuanyin.

The story of the Lokanat is very different in the various traditions. In the Burmese one, the King of the Lions and the King of the Elephants fought. They were fighting furiously, without regard for the damage they were wreaking all around them. The Lokanat realised that if they were not stopped, the world would suffer much destruction, so he began playing music with the cymbals he held in his feet.

His performance was so enrapturing that the fighters stopped to watch, and lost the desire to fight. With such gentle means, he prevented the destruction of the world. Thus the Lokanat is the symbol of the power of art, and of love and peace. He is one of the favourite subjects for Burmese painters.

Learn more about Lokanat here:
Loka Nat Worship in Myanmar
Buddhist Door (compilation of sources)

Pansodan Gallery is hosting an exhibition of recent interpretations of Lokanat, beginning the new year by honouring the Lokanat’s act of peace. Opening on 1 January, continuing until 7 January. All are invited to enjoy the artist’s inspirations.


OM : bagyi aung soe & others

“Do not think the small number zero unworthy, insignificant, and unimportant.”
Bagyi Aung Soe (1924-90)

Bagyi Aung Soe was a pioneer of modern art in Burma. He drew and painted in a wide variety of styles and media. His illustrations for books and magazines were familiar to a large public.

After coming back from a year at Rabindranath Tagore’s Śāntiniketan, he is credited with the first abstract painting in Burma, an illustration published in Shumawa magazine in early 1953. It was highly controversial at the time, with some people saying that Bagyi Aung Soe was mad. But he had a supreme confidence in what he was doing, and continued to explore wherever his freedom took him.

His work, which often incorporates text into drawings, continued to impress with its intelligence and originality.

You can find more of his work and thought at this excellent website:

And you can find an article on him, with 20 good-quality reproductions of his work here:

Here is his book စာမဲ့ကဗျာ (Poetry without words), an e-book which unfortunately has low-resolution images.

Best of all you will see his work in person if you can make your way to Pansodan Gallery between 7 – 13 December. Bagyi Aung Soe’s work will be accompanied by the work of 16 other modern artists:
Aung Myint, Ba Htay Kyi, Dawei Lay, Eikaza Cho, Kin Maung Yin, Ko Ko Naing, Lynn Wunna, Maung Di, Minn Zaw, Moat Thone, Myint Soe, Nay Myo Say, Nyein Chang Su, Rahula, Soe Naing, Zaw Mong