By Phurbu Thinley
Dharamsala, March 25: Prime Minister of Tibet’s Government in exile will inaugurate a five-day “Thank You India” festival starting Thursday in New Delhi.
As the name suggests, the official event expressing gratitude to the government and people of India for their “generosity and hospitality” in hosting Tibetan refugees for the last fifty years will be held from 26-31 March at the India International Centre in New Delhi.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will grace the closing day of the festival on 31 March.
The festival is part of a series of events marking 50 years in exile. An abortive uprising by Tibetan people against Chinese rule in 1959 forced the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans to flee into exile, with many of them taking refuge in India.
The India International Centre, the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration and Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi are jointly organising the festival.
According to the Tibetan government’s official website, the mega event also aims to commemorate “Tibetan refugees' dedication and hard work in making wonderful strides in the fields of education, cultural preservation, and community-building and in preserving the basic identity of the Tibetan people under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama”.
The event will bring some of the most important Tibetan institutions together to showcase the Tibetan refugees' accomplishments in community, education and cultural preservation.
Some of the key features of the festival include screening of films and documentaries, and cultural exhibition, including thangka paintings, metal sculpture and wood carving, traditional carpet and apron weaving, and display of ancient Tibetan literature.
Other highlights include lecture series on Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan culture and Tibet's environment by some of the most prominent Tibetan and non Tibetan resource personalities on the respective issues, the website said.