After 50 years in exile, Tibetans want to express their gratitude to the people of India. So they have organised the Thank You India event, which started with the inauguration of ‘50 years in Exile: Tibet Experience’ festival at India International Centre on Thursday.
The festival includes exhibitions and live demonstrations of Tibetan Thangkha paintings, metal craft and wood carvings by artisans from Dharamsala’s Norbulingka Institute of Art and Craft, as well as carpet and apron weaving by women.
Monks from Gyuto Tantric University will create a sand mandala and butter sculptures at the venue, which will be destroyed at the end of the festival, while Tibetan doctors and astrologers will be present for consultation, with traditional Tibetan medicines and medical thangkhas on display.
Painting exhibitions, films and traditional costumes and musical instruments from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts will also be exhibited. Cultural events include dances and chanting by Tibetan monks.
For the foodies, traditional Tibetan cuisine will be served.