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Tibetan PM to inaugurate 'Thank You India' event in New Delhi

March 26, 2009

By Phurbu Thinlay
March 25, 2009 15:54]

Dharamsala, March 25 -- Prime Minister of Tibet's
Government in exile will inaugurate a five-day
"Thank You India" festival starting Thursday in New Delhi.

As the name suggests, the official event
expressing gratitude to the government and people
of India for their "generosity and hospitality"
in hosting Tibetan refugees for the last fifty
years will be held from 26-31 March at the India
International Centre in New Delhi.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will grace the
closing day of the festival on 31 March.

The festival is part of a series of events
marking 50 years in exile. An abortive uprising
by Tibetan people against Chinese rule in 1959
forced the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and thousands of Tibetans to flee into
exile, with many of them taking refuge in India.

The India International Centre, the Department of
Information and International Relations (DIIR) of
the Central Tibetan Administration and Bureau of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi are jointly organising the festival.

According to the Tibetan government’s official
website, the mega event also aims to commemorate
"Tibetan refugees' dedication and hard work in
making wonderful strides in the fields of
education, cultural preservation, and
community-building and in preserving the basic
identity of the Tibetan people under the
leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama”.

The event will bring some of the most important
Tibetan institutions together to showcase the
Tibetan refugees' accomplishments in community,
education and cultural preservation.

Some of the key features of the festival include
screening of films and documentaries, and
cultural exhibition, including thangka paintings,
metal sculpture and wood carving, traditional
carpet and apron weaving, and display of ancient Tibetan literature.

Other highlights include lecture series on
Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan culture and Tibet's
environment by some of the most prominent Tibetan
and non Tibetan resource personalities on the
respective issues, the website said.
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