‘Showcasing A Freedom Struggle’
by Jaideep Shenoy
(The Hindu | October 9, 2003)
Sethu Das, Tenzin Tsundue, and others viewing exhibition
Mangalore played host to a three-day festival, "Tibet: Cry of the Snowlion",
to showcase the Tibetan freedom struggle, organised by
the Tibetan Students' Association of India (TSAM), in association
with Friends of Tibet (India), Mumbai.
"The festival is one of the events we've planned this year to
spread awareness on the Tibetan freedom struggle, contemporary Tibet
under the Chinese rule, and its tradition and culture that are in
stake. Our brothers and sisters in Tibet look to us in exile with
great hopes for freedom, and it is every Tibetan's responsibility,"
Pema la, president of TSAM, says. An exhibition of photographs,
"Long Look Homewards", portrayed the life of Tibetans before exile
and shed light on their freedom struggle. The association will
organise similar exhibitions in Pune and Hyderabad, Pema la says.
The visitors were treated to Tibetan tea and snacks. The 'Snow Lion
Dance' and 'Tashi Sholpa', traditional Tibetan dance, enthralled
them. The second day of the festival had documentaries, 'Tibet: Cry
of the Snowlion', 'Escape from Tibet', 'Windhorse' and 'Kundun' for
the visitors. Special lectures marked the end of the festival. Sethu
Das, president of Friends of Tibet (India), spoke on 'Why Tibet'
and Tenzin Tsundue, writer and activist, dwelt on 'Young Tibet'
on the new generation of Tibetans growing in exile. The highlight
of the festival was the 'Tibetan Food Festival' with musicians
playing the background as the visitors savored the delicacies.
The Inspector General of Police (Western Range), Dharampal Negi,
who inaugurated the event on October 6, 2003, advised the association
its functionaries to consider India as their second home.