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TIPA turns 49, Pays Musical Tribute to Tibetan Martyrs

June 10, 2008

Tibet.net
June 9, 2008

Artists of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, on its 49th
founding anniversary on 7 June, performing a solemn musical tribute
to Tibetans who laid down their lives in the recent peaceful
demonstrations against decades of oppressive Chinese rule in
Tibet/Photos: Sangjey Kep

Dharamshala: The Tibetan Institute of Performing of Arts (TIPA) on
Sunday presented a grand musical tribute to all those gallant
Tibetans, who sacrificed their lives during the recent unprecedented
upsurge of protests against the nearly five decades of repressive
Chinese rule in Tibet.

A one minute silence was observed in their memory, after the lighting
of butter lamp by the chief guest, Karma Chophel, speaker of the
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

Saturday's event - TIPA's summer musical celebration (Yar kyi) -
marked the successful completion of 49 years of the institute's
crucial role in reviving, preserving and promoting the ancient
heritage of Tibet's traditional performing arts.

The attraction of this year's musical gala is competition between
artists from its two houses, Ngonpa and Gyalu, which focused on
traditional folk songs and dances of Kham and U-Tsang regions of Tibet.

The artists presented pure traditional numbers, enthralling an
exclusive audience of a wide array of Tibetan dignitaries, including
chief guest Speaker Karma Chophel, members of Kashag (cabinet),
standing committee members of the Tibetan Parliament. Finally, it was
Gyalu, who ran away with the winning trophy.

While encouraging the artists, Speaker Karma Chophel said: "Rather
than winning or losing, what is more important is the efforts they
put in the competition," which, he added, "ultimately contribute to
the promotion and preservation of Tibetan cultural identity."

The speaker said special care has to be taken to ensure sustenance of
the traditional Tibetan performing arts in its originality, rather
than diluting it by other forms of music. He also urged all the
concerned staff of the institute to put more efforts in the
preservation and promotion of Tibet's cultural heritage.

"Through music, we are expressing our message of profound grief and
hope to uplift the spirit of our brethrens in their struggle for the
just cause of Tibet," Wangchuk Phasur, director of TIPA said, while
announcing that this year's three-day celebration has been cut short
to one-day as an expression of condolence to Tibetan martyrs.

Mr Phasur said: "One of the prime objectives of the institute [TIPA]
is to revive traditional songs and dances from Do-Toe, Do-Mey and U
Tsang - the three traditional provinces of Tibet."

"In the past many years, efforts have been made in promoting Tibet's
ancient heritage through performing cultural shows in places across
the length and breadth of India and in various cities all over the
world," he added.

He further said: "The institute was particularly successful in its
numerous initiatives to revive and promote the traditional folk opera
of Tibet, as per the expressed wish of His Holiness the Dalai Lama."
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