The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) on Wednesday celebrated its 54th founding anniversary with a theme on preservation of Tibetan language.
Addressing the gathering, Tsering Yangkyi, director of TIPA, said the institute had made great efforts to keep alive Tibet's unique tradition of performing arts since it was re-established immediately after going into exile by the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in August 1959 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet.
“The institute has trained over 400 Tibetan artistes and organised musical concerts in more than 36 countries to preserve promote and raise awareness on Tibet and its rich cultural heritage,” Yangkyi said.
A musical competition between the two houses of TIPA - Gyalu and Ngonpa - was held on Wednesday evening to mark the founding anniversary. The artistes showcased folk, modern Tibetan songs and dances, and dramas re-enacting sacrifices made by Tibetans inside Tibet to keep alive the Tibetan language and culture, which are facing annihilation under the Chinese rule.
The Ngonpa house won the group song and dance categories, while the Gyalu house excelled in drama. Speaking on the occasion, Penpa Tsering, speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in-exile, praised the former and present artistes and staff members of TIPA for their unstinting efforts in keeping alive Tibet's unique performing arts.
“Songs, dances and dramas play a unique and effective role in awakening and inspiring interests among the general public,” Tsering said.
“The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts should build on this year's focus on preservation and promotion of Tibetan language by organising musical events in the Tibetan settlements in exile,” he added.