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Stop Aids Concert thrills thousands in Dharamsala

June 11, 2009

Phayul

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

 

Dharamsala, June 10 – Thousands of people including foreign tourists gathered at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts where a musical concert to create awareness about HIV AIDS was held yesterday. The concert by Sahara rock band from Delhi was opened with a prelude performance by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. Sahara has been involved with AIDS and drug abuse campaigns in India for many years.

 

Organized by CHOICE HIV AIDS INITIATIVE and Students for Free Tibet, India,and supported by the department of health of the exile Tibetan government, the concert began with a video presentation by CHOICE HIV AIDS INITIATIVE featuring interviews with Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, health minister Chope Paljor Tsering and a Tibetan youngster infected with HIV positive. The video was well received by the audience that mainly comprised of youngsters who, according to the organizers, are most vulnerable to the disease.

 

Speaking on the occasion, the health minister Chope Paljor Tsering appreciated the efforts of the organizers in generating awareness about HIV AIDS in the Tibetan communities. “The disease (HIV AIDS) must be eradicated from the society with efforts from every individual, and every possible precaution must be taken to stop the disease from spreading in the Tibetan society which is prone to it due to lack of education about it.”

 

Information booths for HIV AIDS were set up at the venue for the spectators. Condoms in gift boxes were also distributed to the public.

 

The organizers say that the event was held especially in early June to coincide with the Gyalyum Chenmo football tournament for which youngsters in huge numbers gather in the hilltown headquarters of the exile Tibetan government. “We wanted our message about AIDS to hit as many people as possible, especially youngsters. We are glad that the turnout of crowd yesterday was overwhelmingly satisfying.

 

Arranging the projection of live video feeds on to two big screens on the sides of the stage was phayul.com, which was the media partner for the event.

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