‘Apo Gapa’ passes away, leaves behind vast riches of traditional legacy
01 Nov, Gangtok : Commonly known as ‘Ajyo Garpa’ or ‘Apo Gapa’ , a truely devoted Buddhist sculptor blessed with enermous knowledge of stone calligraphy is no more. According to his family member he passed away on 28 Oct battling with cancer since long time. A veteran sculptor late Ajyo Garpa’s birth name is Yanchong Lodil.
In a condolence message by Sikkim Governor Shri Sriniwas patil writes, “He was a revered sculptor par excellence, who had dedicated his entire life to carve our stone calligraphy at Holy Tashiding Monastery. The life of Late Lodil, fondly called ‘Ajyo Garpa’ and ‘Apo Gapa’ was the living example of faith, dedication and perseverance resulting in one of the most beautiful and significant stone calligraphy of the modern era. With chisel and hammer in hand for the last 25 years, he brought the sacred hymns of our Buddhist religious text to life.
I have fond memories of personally meeting this true son of Sikkim during my visit to Tashiding Monastery in March 2014. With his demise, Sikkim has lost a great soul and a true Yogi, whose action always spoke louder than words.
I pay my sincere tribute and join the people of Sikkim to offer my deepest condolences to the family members at this time of bereavement. I pray to the almighty for providing safe refuge to the departed soul and bestowing strength to the family members to cope with this great loss.”
The relentless works done by Ajyo in his tenure is an open book, his hardwork and dedication in preserving traditional & culture trhough his skill in his capacity will continue to render the riches of Sikkim’s vast history forever, which will always keep him alive among the million admirers of his work.