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Festival to Thank India opens

March 29, 2009

March 27, 2009

New Delhi, March 26 -- A five day festival
dedicated to Indian government and its people was
opened today by the exile Tibetan government’s
Prime Minister, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, in the Indian capital.

The festival is part of a series of events
marking 50 years of Tibetans 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.

Speaking in Hindi as the chief guest on the
occasion at the Indian International Centre,
Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche thanked the Indian
government for its 50 years of hospitality.

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.

The 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 exile government’s website said.

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.

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

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