The sensation of mix feeling is felt while walking on the aisle of the museum, initiating the expedition to enhance the individual knowledge on Tibet via the displayed medium of photographs either pasted or hung on the wall of the Tibet Museum Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala. Entering it is an exceptional ambience to experience. The panel of photographs will let you devour mix emotions gushing down inside you with every step you take. Whether its the story of how Chinese occupied Tibet and its repercussion is delivered via the pictorial and torture equipment displayed on the ground floor can churn your stomach or stepping up to the first floor to manifest Tibet’s past and present can awe you.
“A long Look Homeward” theme of the museum is one of a tragic title that infers one could only take a long look to the homeland, holding a dual feeling of both bliss and sorrow. Thrilled that we can now access to the past history of Tibet and on the other hand, saddened by the fact that Tibetans had lost so much and are still struggling under Chinese repression.
Now digging the history of the Tibet Museum, it date back to the year of 1998 when it was first established by the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) in Dharamsala with location that is the epicentre of attraction as it is located near the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also near the entrance gate of Tsuklakkhang temple.
The sacred land of Dharamshala is one of the renowned hubs of diversity. People from all horizon of the world, with different cultural background and languages, gather throughout the year with different motives of their visit. So as to serve the motive to convene and escalate as many attention and visitor it could congregate, all the textual presentations in the museum are imparted in three languages namely English, Tibetan and Hindi.
The current Tibet Museum functions its objective in three sections; permanent museum, Photographic archive section and in Traveling Exhibition medium. The transit medium of the information regarding Tibet’s history, culture and current scenario of Tibetans in both inside Tibet or out in the exile deliverance is done by showcasing the photo exhibitions and documentary movie screening. The documentary movie screening is also done twice a day and experts talk series on Tibet related issues in every twice a month in the permanent exhibition.
Connecting to the photographs, as there is a saying that “one picture tells a million story” so does it revives the memories taking the person back to the event that had happened a long time ago. The photographic archive section comprises more than 30,000 collections of photographs, slides and negatives of the historic events including the time of 13th Dalai Lama to the era of independent and contemporary images of Tibet.
The Tibet Museum aims to outreach the optimal outcome and with a motto that “there is no great limit to growth” a broader space new museum is established in the Gangchen Khyishong to accommodate in-depth exploration of Tibetan culture. The expanded new Tibet Museum aims to escalate the unique moment, letting the visitors explore and experience an uncensored version of Tibet both virtually and physically.
It also endeavours to fulfil the visitor’s curiosity via eleven effective themes and various programs to execute. The new museum highlight exhibition themes like Introductory Tibet, history and culture of pre and post-Chinese Invasion, contemporary Tibet, memorial space, resistance and resilience, the environment, escape, exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Hope and success focusing on planning future Tibet.
However, the Tibet Museum is an ultimate destination to acquire deeper knowledge about Tibet. The information on all aspects relating to Tibet is given including present-day realities of Tibetans in Tibet, who are deprived of the basic human rights under the darkness of Chinese Government oppression. Eventually, while you take a foot outside of The Tibet Museum, it is ensured that you will exit attaining a basic knowledge on Tibet and Tibetan.
-Filed by Kunga Choedon, Tibet Museum