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Show gives glimpses of Tibet's past and present

November 25, 2009

Bosky Khanna
DNA (India)
November 23, 2009

Bangalore -- A three-day exhibition at the
Chitrakala Parishath offers a glimpse of the
half-century of exile of the Dalai Lama and other
Tibetan refugees. The exhibition, organised to
express their gratitude to the Indian government
and people, was inaugurated on Sunday by MLA Narendra Babu.

Thangka paintings and woven carpets, handicrafts,
photographs, organic food and ancient medicines
are on display. A film festival will showcase
some of the finest films and documentaries on the
subject: Kundan, Tibet: Murder in the Snow,
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion and The Unwinking Gaze.

Visitors can witness cultural performances, and
buy books and handicrafts that offer an
experience of Tibet. They can also listen to the
chantings of Buddhist monks. The exhibition will
offer a rare chance to see the creation and
destruction of the mandala by monks of the
Gyudmed Tantric monastery -- nearly 150 monks
from this 15th century monastery in Lhasa fled to
India in 1959. The creation of the mandala is a
Tibetan Buddhist ritual tradition, involving the
painstaking creation of a large image in coloured
sand granules, representing Buddhism themes. This
is then ritually destroyed symbolising transience.
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