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Bhutan: the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon Zara Fleming Tuesday 07 April 2020

Please note - this lecture has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus epidemic.

Zara Fleming is a freelance lecturer, art consultant and exhibition curator specialising in the art and culture of Tibet, the Himalayan areas and Mongolia. She was initially based at the V&A, but also worked with the Central Asian Department of Bonn University, the Orient Foundation, the Royal Academy, Tibet House, the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and Asia House. In addition to lecturing for The Arts Society, Zara lectures for museums, universities, Asian art societies, and private associations. She has been a guest lecturer and tour guide on numerous trips to the Himalayas. She edited Masterpieces of Mongolian Art: Vol 1 and has published many articles in the field of Buddhist art and culture.


This lecture is a general introduction to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, known by its inhabitants as Druk Yul or land of the Thunder Dragon. This is a reference to the Drukpa tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism that permeates every aspect of Bhutanese life. We explore the history, art and culture of this extraordinary country, which for centuries has preserved its traditional Buddhist values. Over the last few decades there have been many changes, such as the introduction of roads, television and tourism. Will Bhutan be able to maintain the fine balance between tradition and modernity without diminishing its unique culture?