‘Tibet Festival in Mangalore’
by Stanly Pinto
(Times of India | October 6, 2003)
The Tibetan Students' Association, Mangalore (TSAM) in collaboration
with Friends of Tibet(lndia), Mumbai, will organise 'Tibet: Cry of
Snow Lion', a three-day festival of Tibet including photo-exhibition,
cultural presentation and films of Tibet from at Shanti Nilaya Hall,
Balmatta from Monday to Wednesday.
Dharampal Negi, Inspector General of Police (IGP) will inaugurate
the festival. A press release from Pema, President of TSAM stated
that this festival is one of the events the association has planned
for this year to spread the awareness of Tibetan Freedom Struggle,
contemporary Tibet under Chinese rule, its tradition and culture,
which are at stake under the China's oppressive rule in Tibet.
"Our brothers and sisters in Tibet look to us with great hope
for freedom and I personally think that it's every Tibetan's
responsibility to contribute their part in creating the awareness
of Tibetan issues," he added.
The festival will also have 'Taste of Tibetan Dishes' on the
Wednesday, where Tibetans dishes will be available.
The films which are going to be screened during the festival are
as: 'Tibet: Cry of the Snow lion'. Ten years in the making, this
provocative documentary was filmed during a remarkable journey
throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. Cry of the Snow lion brings
audiences to the long – forbidden 'Rooftop of the World' with an
unprecedented richness of imagery... from brothels and slums in the
holy city of Lhasa, to magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by
nomad Yak caravans. The secrets of Tibet's recent past are powerfully
chronicled through riveting personal stories and interviews and a
collection of undercover and archival images never before assemble
in one film. This will be screened at 11 am on Tuesday.
Escape from Tibet:
This documentary is about a group of young
Tibetans escaping from Tibet into India, from the torture,
persecution and oppression, which they face daily in their own
A feature film set in the contemporary Tibet where
the Tibetans are living with the Chinese since their occupation in
1950. Based on the true-life story of a Tibetan woman who is torn
apart between her aspirations in life as a singer in Karaoke bars.
Kundun by Martin Scorcese:
This film traces the incredible life
story of the 14th Dalai Lama, who had to take up the responsibilities
of a breaking nation at the young age of 14, when Tibet was seeing
the most difficult period of foreign occupation. The boy Dalai Lama
survived and today he is a symbol of world peace.
Long Look Homeward – a collection of rare
photographs of the Tibet narrating the history of Tibet and also
portrays the present situation in Tibet and Tibetans in exile. This
traveling exhibition from Tibet museum comes to Mangalore after
Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.
Tibetan Songs and Dances:
From the most popular Snow Lion dance
to the various cultural dances of farmers, nomads and monks and
Tibet. The young Tibetans in exile persevere learning their cultural
roots. The Tibetan students in Mangalore will present glimpses of
traditional Tibetan cultural performance, which is fast becoming
history in Tibet.
Young Tibetan students studying in Mangalore will
show their cookery skills they have inherited from their Tibetan
family. Hot steamed and fried momos will be on sale.