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Golden Jubilee Celebration of Preservation and Promotion of Tibetan Theatrical Arts

August 13, 2009

The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
completes 50 years of excellence in preservation
and promotion of theatrical arts and culture on 11 August 2009
August 12, 2009

Dharamshala -- After coming into exile following
military oppression of Tibet by the People's
Republic of China, braving every obstacle in
exile, five Tibetans met in Kalimpong in India
under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
to unite their efforts in the preservation and
promotion of Tibet's unique culture, particularly the theatrical arts.

Kabshoe Bartso Dorjee Dhondup, Tsedrung Kalsang
Kunga, Shodrung Chichak Dorjee, Chaknang Tsewang
Rigzin Nornang Nawang Norbu and Maja Nawang
Thutob built the Tibetan Institute of Performing
Arts from scratch on 11 August 1959. Since then
many dedicated Tibetans have led the institute in
making tangible progress in the preservation and
promotion of Tibet's traditional performing arts.

The institute has till date produced 483
professional artists out of which 110 have
successfully passed out as outstanding teachers.
Many of these teachers and artistes have
associated themselves with Tibetan schools in
India, Nepal and Bhutan in passing  on the legacy
of Tibetan traditional performing arts to the
younger generation to ensure its continuity.

The institute has made special efforts to
preserve and promote all nine classical forms of
performing arts as per the traditions and at the
same time gone beyond by creating three entirely
new arts with due innovations. In promoting Lhamo
or opera, the institute has revived the ancient
traditional opera festival - Shoton - during
which opera troupes from Tibetan settlements are
provided platforms to showcase their talents and skills.

A grand musical gala was organised yesterday to
celebrate this milestone, Artistes from two
houses -- Gyalu and Ngonpa -- vied for the trophy
by presenting the best of traditional songs and
dances of Tibet. Gyalu out shined its counterpart at the end.

Gyalu rukhag (house) lifts the trophy after the
musical competition. Liaison Officer Manika

Senior officials of Indian government and the
Central Tibetan Administration, including liaison
officer of the Indian government, justice
commissioner of the Tibetan Supreme Justice
Commission, deputy speaker and members of Tibetan
Parliament, Kalon for Religion and Culture and
members of Kashag, attended the landmark event.

In his address, Wangchuk Phasur, director of TIPA
expressed gratitude to the people, the government
of Himachal Pradesh and Government of India for
their active support for the successful
preservation and promotion of Tibetan religion
and culture in exile. To all them let me say -
Thank you India, Mr Phasur added.

He pledged to put more efforts to improve and
develop all activities of TIPA to the highest
standards in both traditional and modern arts and culture.

Ven Tsering Phuntsok, Kalon for Religion and
Culture said the preservation of Tibetan cultural
heritage would not only help Tibetans, but also
benefit the entire world because of its essence
of non-violence and peace, and Tibet's strategic position as roof of the world.

The Chinese government, which destroyed Tibet's
culture and religion during the Cultural
Revolution, is now compelled to rethink its
policy on the preservation of Tibetan culture and religion, he added.

He emphasised more efforts and innovations in the
preservation of all aspects of Tibet's culture
heritage through promoting Tibetan traditional arts.

Liaison Officer Manika Jain congratulated the
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts for
successfully harnessing and honing the skills of
Tibetan artists in the field of Tibet's unique traditional performing arts.

Mrs Jain said the government of India would
continue its support for the preservation and
promotion of Tibetan culture heritage, and
education of the Tibetan children in exile.
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