Chennai, April, 2018 – The Central Tibet Administration (CTA) launched the three-day Cultural Festival of Tibet at India International Centre in the presence of Sheila Dixit, Former Delhi Chief Minister and Chief Guest at the event. Other dignitaries present at the event were, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Harmendar Singh, Frontier Office received Dalai Lama, T.N Chaturvedi, Former Governor, Mr. Mathur, Former Advisor to Home Minister, and, Naresh Verma, Director, India International Centre (IIC).
The three-day festival will feature exhibits and events to present a thematic showcase of Tibetan art and cultural lifestyle. The event started with an opening ceremony by Sheila Dixit, Former Delhi Chief Minister and Thank You India song sung by the artists of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
Based on the theme ‘Expert Talk’ a panel discussion on ‘India and Tibet: Ancient Ties and current bond’ was organized which was moderated by Rajiv Mehrotra, Filmmaker, Television Director-Producer.
The festival aims to celebrate Tibetan Culture and showcase all sides of Tibetan art, religion, lifestyle, medicine, history, literature, films and education activities. The day two of the festival will showcase documentary screening of various films.
On the occasion, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President, Central Tibetan Administration said, ‘We are happy and overwhelmed by the presence of Sheila Dixit at our culture festival. I would like to extend my heart felt gratitude towards the people of India for accepting us with an open heart. The relationship between India and Tibet is of a teacher and a student. India has given us a chance to showcase our culture and tradition and who we are.’
He Further added, ‘We want Prime Ministers Modi’s Make in India to succeed as we are made in India. Your success will be our success and our success will be yours.’
Sheila Dixit, Former Delhi Chief Minister and Chief Guest, said, ‘I am very happy to be part of this attractive and beautiful occasion, it is an opportunity for all of us to be present here amongst these great artists. I am deeply honored to be part of this. India and Tibet have a 60-years-old relationship which was started by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru ji. Now, this relationship has grown into brotherhood, we all are brothers and sisters and all of us feel the same. India is happy to have you and Thank you for what you are.’
The event will be open to public on April 2-4, 2018 and will showcase a special documentary; A place in the Sun; Stories from Tibet. The different artist performing along with Tibetan art, literature, medicine, apparel, Thangka painting, woodcraft, metal craft, calligraphy, culinary, sand mandala, butter sculpture, photo exhibition, carpet, Yata and apron weaving and nomadic lifestyle.