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Tibet Festival in India's IT Capital Kicks Off

November 23, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
November 22, 2009,

Bangalore -- A three-day festival showcasing
different aspects of Tibet's unique cultural
heritage preserved in its pristine form by
Tibetans in exile has begun this morning in
Bangalore city, the Silicon Valley of India.

The inaugural day began with a Buddhist chanting
by a group of monks from Palden Tashi Gomang
monastery and a Thank You India song by
schoolchildren of Bylakuppe Tibetan Children's Village.

Mr Narendra Babu, Member of Legislative Assembly
of Karnataka state, opened the event, which is
being organised to pay gratitude to the people
and government of India for supporting Tibetans
in exile for the last five decades.

Photo exhibitions on Tibet's journey in exile,
Tibetan handicrafts, thangka (scroll) paintings
and organic produces from Tibetan agricultural
settlements, free medical service by traditional
Tibetan doctors, Tibetan cuisines and documentary
films on Tibet attracted a large number of Indian
visitors and some foreign tourists.

I was inspired and thrilled to visit the Tibet
festival taking into consideration my long
association with the Tibetan people, said
Narendra Babu, whose family has donated a land in
Bangalore to Tibetans on which a vocational
training centre for Tibetan youths has been set up.

Describing the people of Tibet as innocent,
simple and peaceful, with a unique civilization
of 2,500 years, Mr Narendra said some aggressive
forces tried to invade Tibet in the past.

He strongly urged the peace loving nations to
rise up against the Chinese government's
repression and inhumane treatment of Tibetans living inside Tibet.

He expressed his deep concern over the strong military buildup in Tibet.

India wholeheartedly sympathise and support the
people of Tibet, and we are all with you till
Tibet gets freedom, Mr Narendra said.

In her welcome address, Kalon Kesang Y Takla,
minister for the Department of Information and
International Relations, said Tibetans in exile
felt honoured and privileged to be able to
preserve their culture and Buddhist religion in
India, which shares long cultural and religious ties with the people of Tibet.

Kalon Takla expressed Tibetan people's deep
gratitude to India for its generous support and
giving the opportunity to preserve and continue
Tibet's Buddhist culture of compassion, love and non-violence.

Kalon Takla presented a statue of Buddha as a souvenir to Mr Narendra Babu.

Mr Kunga Dorjee, the chief representative of
Tibetans in south India, thanked all the Indian
friends and Tibetan participants of the three-day Tibet festival.
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