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Peace through Art: The Missing Peace Project in New Delhi

May 5, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul
Saturday, May 03, 2008

New Delhi, May 3 - The Missing Peace: Artist Consider the Dalai Lama, a
joint effort between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and The Dalai Lama
Foundation explores the interpretation of art as a vehicle for peace.
The project aims at spreading the Dalai Lama's message of peace and the
principles he embodies through the work of artists.

Bringing their message to India, Darlene Markovich, Co-Founder and
member of the Executive Committee accompanied by other Board Members
including Rebekah Alperin, Project Director for The Missing Peace: the
Dalai Lama Music Project, Los Angeles were at Jantar Mantar to fall in
support with Tibet and commemorate the non-violent spirit of the Tibetan
movement. The Missing Peace expressed sympathy towards the Tibetan
people and acknowledging their plight offered full allegiance to the
freedom struggle.

They urged the UN to look into the involuntary disappearance of the 11th
Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima and hold China answerable for its
actions. The Committee of the Rights of the Child, United Nations had
earlier sought permission to visit the boy in 1996, but was turned down
by the Chinese government even after 400 celebrities and associations
including eleven Nobel Prize laureates signed a petition.

Oscar winning music composer Gustavo Santaolalla of acclaimed movies
such as Brokeback Mountain and Babel, who is also an avid Tibet
supporter attended today's event at Jantar Mantar

Kalon Soepa Tenzin Namgyal Tethong from the Tibetan Government in Exile
briefly addressed the crowd calling for unity in wake of the recent
crisis and the continued non-violent struggle for liberation from the
Chinese. Deputy Speaker, Dolma Gyari also spoke about the sufferings of
the Tibetan race under the authoritarian Chinese regime and the ongoing
massacre in TAR. Expressing helplessness at the inability to stop the
bloodbath she urged all Tibetans to come together and continue the mass
prayer for the victims and their families.

Later members from the Delhi Chapter of the Tibetan Solidarity Committee
presented the guests with traditional silk scarves bringing the event to
an end. The peaceful struggle at Jantar Mantar continues and enters its
second month even as we see no respite in Tibet.
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