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Manga Artist and Animator | Dechen Tenzing from Sikkim

Has any one ever binge watched anime’s like Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Death Note etc. ? Some of us in the Roots and Leisure team have ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย There is something about these Japanese animation that is so captivating. For Dechen, it inspired her to write her own mangas and create animations which are based on tribal tales, fantasy and nature.

D.P.Tenzing, 23, ย is a Manga Artist, Illustrator and Animator living in Delhi. She is originally from Mangan, Sikkim.

Photo | Dechen Tenzing – Manga Artist from Sikkim.

Photo |ย Horoscope –ย Depicting the star signs in my own versions of them in a very traditional theme from Rong ,Bhutia, Nepalese and other tribes of the North East. Cancer : Rong Tribe;ย Aquarius : Bhutia/Tibetan;ย Pieces : Nepali

  • Hi Dechen! Tell us something about your art. How did you begin in the first place?

When I was a kid I always loved watching cartoons and anime but after a certain point my mother started getting worried about me. Thinking something was wrong with me because at my age people would start watching normal T.V shows.

Back in my village, I was watching Animax for the first time and Inuyasha was being aired. I was like โ€œWOW!โ€. I ย then took out a pen and I was like โ€œHOW?โ€ย  and the rest is history.

  • What is the source of your inspiration?

I love doing tribal, fantasy, nature and women themes. Tribal because I got to find out some pretty weird tales from my Rong-kup tribe, for example, Legendary Cock.

There are so many stories that are getting lost from the tribal people because of globalization and modernization and I would like to collect it and help keep it alive.

Photo |ย Aachar –ย Face of deities shown on major festivals to familiarize people in this life to the afterlife entities who may look scary but one shouldn’t be scared as they may be there to help you out .

Photo |ย Ongbala –ย An actual Sikkimese tale of the Demon Queen Ongbala and her more than raunchy adventures in search for the man with an extraordinary โ€˜speciality โ€˜. Wanna know more? Read Legendary Cock on , you wont regret it!

  • What do you want to achieve through your art?

I would like to go back to my village life again. I want to open up an animal sanctuary, not a Zoo, and be able to live and collect the Rong-kup way of life.

  • Do you sell them too? Gift? How do you share your art?

I do sell my art. I also take donations for various reasons. I share myย art through Instagram, Facebook, Flicker, Webtoons and Youtube.

Adventures of the lovable INGING and her journey through the magical realms of lesser known worlds. Inspired by my very green and luscious mountains of Sikkim and the lore surrounding this side of the misty mountains.ย Pics and video courtesy of Dechen.

Follow Dechen’s artwork on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube!


Photo | Tribal Feels –ย Depicting the vibrant energy of Sikkim.

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