‘Tibet Day Celebrated in Mumbai’
by Staff Reporter
(Bombay Times. July 9, 2000)
'I saw it there
I crossed over
There wasn't anything
on the other side of the bridge
I thought there was something
on the other side of the bridge'
'Illusion' is a poem from a poetry book,
Crossing The Border
written by Tenzin Tsundue, a second generation Tibetan in the city.
Tibet Day was celebrated by Friends of Tibet (INDIA) on Saturday, July
8, at the Coomaraswamy Hall, in the city. It also celebrated the
birthday of HH the XIV Dalai Lama.
Tenzin echoes the views of many Tibetans who want to return to their
homeland some day, and fell more to practice their culture. Paljor,
another Tibetan who walked from Tibet to India, with his brother,
1959 feels, 'advertising, posters, films and events like these
help educate the general public. They also create more awareness
about the atrocities done to the land of Tibet, its culture and
its people for so many years.'
Friends of Tibet (INDIA) is a-year-old organisation that has 800
members in Mumbai. Sethu Das, the president of the organisation says,
'We aim to create as much as awareness as we can about the plight of
the people of Tibet. We also plan to take this festival to Cochin
in the first week September. Festival of Tibet 2000 will be held
in Madras in order to spread the message among Indians. We also
have a website promoting this cause.'
The celebrations took off with a photography exhibition called
Living Buddha, Suresh Natarajan. This soulful exhibition
captured the Dalai Lama in his pure childlike spirit.
Kundun, an Oscar-nominated film for the best musical score,
directed by Martin Scorsese, was also screened.
Escape From Tibet
is a touching documentary, directed by Nick Grey, about
the resilience of two brothers travelling with a group of young
Tibetans along the treacherous terrains of the Himalayan range,
to fulfill their dream of meeting the Dalai Lama.
The Saltmen Of Tibet
written and directed by Ulrike Koch, is a tale of four men,
in Northern Tibet leading a yak caravan for months to bring home
salt, a very important source of survival.