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Tibetan Arts and Culture

February 28, 2010

The Bangkok Post (Tailand)
February 26, 2010

The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)
is visiting Thailand for the first time for a
series of spectacular shows at the Bangkok Art
and Culture Centre nightly at 7pm from March 5-10
(except March 8), plus a 2:30pm matinee on weekends.

Ethnic groups from the Roof of the World will
perform a series of spectacular shows at Bangkok
Art and Culture Centre at 7pm nightly from March
5-10 (except March 8), plus a 2:30pm show on weekends.

The programme is part of the "From the Himalayas
to the Chao Phraya River" festival, organised by
the Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation, with the
aim to promote Tibetan spirituality, arts and
culture to the wider public in Thailand.

The TIPA is one of the oldest cultural institutes
in exile, as it is based in Dharamsala, India.
Its endeavour is to promote the traditional
opera, music, dance and cultures of Tibet. It is
composed of professional artists who have been
trained in Tibetan music, performance and modern education.

This is the first opportunity for Thais to
witness Tibetan artistic heritage, from folk
dance and classical music to chanting, spiritual
dances and sacred rituals through a dozen
performances, including Shanak, Lhokhai Shay Chen
Lingkar, Kongpoi Dha Lu, Domey Tserik, Dranyen
Shabdro, Lhokhag Trangoe Dro Dhung, Bod Shar Chok
Kyi Ralpa, Ganghoe Tho La Sukpe Lo and Yaktse.

The festival also presents an academic session
featuring a keynote speech and discussion on many
topics with keynote speakers, including His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's younger sister, Jetsun
Pema; Geshe Damdul Namgyal, translator for His
Holiness; Niti Aeawsriwong and Taned Arpornsuwon.

One exhibition will feature aesthetic pieces that
portray Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, such as Sand
Mandala, Butter Sculptures and sacred Thangka
Paintings. Tibetan medicine, a photo exhibition,
books and Tibetan souvenirs are also available.

Tickets to the cultural performance cost 1,000
baht. Admission to the speech, discussion and art
exhibition is free. For more information, call
02-860-2194, 02-623-2838/9 or visit http://www.snf.or.th.
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