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Annual Tibet Festival in Paris highlights Himalayan culture

September 19, 2010

Tibetan Review
September 18, 2010

The Tibet House in Paris organized its 10th Tibet
and Himalayan Festival in the French capital over
the weekend of Sep 11-12. The festival, held at
Pagode du Bois de Vincennes, a well-known public
park in eastern Paris, attracted over 6,000 visitors.

The festival featured the culture and traditions
of the people of Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

Sogyal Rinpoche, well-known for his Tibetan Book
of Living and Dying, gave a talk on spiritual
advice for world peace. Tibet writer and
commentator Mr Claude Arpi spoke on the
environment of the Himalayan region, especially
on the rivers originating from the Tibetan
plateau. Monks of Drepung Monastery in India
created a Sand Mandala, an exquisite religious
art built with coloured sand. The festival also
premiered The Making of Tintin in Tibet.

A special evening concert featured Mr Raghunath
Manet, an Indian classical dancer and musician;
Mr Narendra Bataju, a Nepalese classical
musician, and Tibetan singers and musicians Tenzin Gonpo and Techung.

Well known French actress Veronique Jannot was a
patron of the festival and read a French
translation of a set of Buddhist prayers.
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