Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday released "Icon of the Era", a documentary film based on the life of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh.
Produced and directed by Dr Suneela Sharma in collaboration with Snow Leopard Productions, the film was released in the Tibetan Children Village (TCV) School auditorium near McLeodganj.
The documentary is based on the history of one of the ancient dynasties of India - the Bushahr Dynasty to which Virbhadra belongs. A special screening of the film was also held at the TCV auditorium.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister referred Dalai Lama as a messenger of peace and said that his presence had always been a matter of pride for the people of the state and the country.
My affinity to him, Virbhadra said, was bounded by geographical terrain, too, due to contiguity of the then Bushahr state with Tibet and now I wish to extend this affinity to spiritual domain too.
Addressing the audience, the Dalai Lama referred to Virbhadra as "my chief minister", stating that it was an honour for him to release the film.
"He (Virbhadra) because of his popularity, honesty, truthfulness, transparency and love for people became the chief minister for the sixth time," said the Dalai Lama.
"I can say, Virbhadra's life is successful, having done good karma, and am sure that his future life would also be meaningful and peaceful," the monk said.
Making a reference to the bonds between people of Bushahr and Tibet, the spiritual leader said, "Old ties have strengthened and solidified with passing of eras."
The Nobel Peace Laureate described India as a great democratic nation which from the times of Indus Valley civilisation, produced great thinkers, philanthropists, philosophers, saints and Buddhists masters whose concept were relevant even in present times.