January 17, 2008
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Tibetans hold festival for non-violence in Ahmedabad

Friday, 18 January 2008,

The hosts of the Tibet Festival holding press conference
Mrs Kesang Y. Takla lighting lamp along with co-hosts of the Festival
Organisers of the Tibet Festival
Thangka artistes displaying Tibet’s unique painting at Kanoria
from left(Mrs Mallika Sarabhai, the director of Darpana Academy)

Ahmedabad: Scores of visitors
flocked in at the Kanoria Centre of Arts to get a glimpse of Tibetan
culture and heritage on the opening day of a five-day festival of Tibet
for non-violence, which kicked-off on 16 January in Ahmedabad.

The five-day Tibet festival is being hosted by the Department of
Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan
Administration, Kanoria Centre for Arts, Darpana Academy and Alliance
France d’Ahmedabad.

In her opening remarks, Mrs Kesang Y. Takla, Kalon for the
DIIR, said, “Tibet is a guinea pig of sorts – an experiment that has to
work, to show the world that violence is never the answer. Short term
resolutions at best, is all that violence can beget, apart from more
violence, of course. If we succeed in our struggle, the world will take
note of the fact that there is an alternative to the route of war. It
is to this end that the Central Tibetan Administration-in-Exile is very
pleased to facilitate this sharing of our culture.”

Stressing on the importance of holding the festival in the land
of Mahatma Gandhi, Kalon Kelsang Y Takla said, “This great city is the
land of Gandhi and non-violence. Even His Holiness the Dalai Lama has
been greatly inspired by the teachings of Gandhi and it is significant
that we are holding the festival here.

This will help people know about our culture and heritage and
also help us share the story of our non-violent struggle for our
homeland with them”. Mrs Mallika Sarabhai, the director of Darpana
Academy and one of co-host of the festival said, “Gujarat, more than
any place, needs to reiterate
the message of non-violence.”

She added, “The facts are horrifying and need to understand. We
support the Tibetan struggle and non-violent must lead to a new path
for the world.”

The festival includes a plethora of exhibitions-both at Darpana Academy and Kanoria.

The exhibitions at Kanoria include photos of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, a traveling exhibition titled A Long Look Homeward which
provides a vivid perspectives of Tibetan struggle for freedom, and
traditional thangka paintings from Norbulingka Institute.

The exhibition underway at the Darpana Academy is on the Tibetan assistance during the Gujarat earthquake.

Mrs Annick Chandra Pelle, director of the Alliance Francaise d’
Ahmedabad said, “It is amazing that despite the geographical proximity
of the two countries, we in India know very little about Tibet. This
exhibition is an effort from our part to remedy that and place Tibet in
the public consciousness.”

The other programmes on the first day includes, a lecture on
Tibetan medicine by Dr. Pema Dorjee of the Tibetan Medical and Astro
Institute, and screening of the film The Cup at Natarani Theatre at Darpana Academy, which attracted a sizable audience.

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