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  • A Bureaucrat's Diary: Road to Lhasa | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Chinese to be kept under wraps With growing confidence the photographs captured the essence of my hollow cheeks sunken eyes and a nose fleshy with remembered delights Even the audience numb with horror as the tale unfolded tittered in unexpected delight The emotion all of us in a rattling van went through came out in a simple slide Of a beautiful young Tibetan girl by the road side in a small town selling bits of machinery that will barely be of use in a bicycle I tried to talk of the Friendship Road with potholes that knocked out dentures and fractured axles The claustrophobia in those vast expanses where we tried to look for our own Shangri La as visitors from all over the world hung thick and quiet for five whole days We endlessly wound past the Turquoise Lake barren remote mountains that dipped and fell away yak which ambled past like animals from pre history Until tired and tumbling out of the bus at Lhasa after six days on the road with few toilets and worse food and everywhere left overs of a gentle loving race vandalised and hugely diminished a rainbow greeted us at the Potala Here was regeneration and hope Spectacular in its depths and colour and the huge range of arc dipped straight into Dr Govardhan s head as he stood for a group photograph At the Potala itself there are hidden cameras which search our every move We were cautioned many times not to even think of handing over our photograph of the Dalai Lama There were even instances in the past where some of the monks at the Tashi Limpo monastery near Shigatse turned out to be Chinese agents who got tourists arrested for asking questions out of turn The whole country of

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  • Peep Into Tibetan Ethos | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    mostly Tibetans especially students living in Chennai Did you know that there are about 40 families and 90 students living in the city The festival was inaugurated by the former commissioner of Police Walter Devaram with the auspicious offering of the chamar made of barley and changu wine Then followed speeches by various people including Ngodup Dorjee the Dalai Lama s South India representative and Tsering Tsomo the executive director of Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre New Delhi Finally Claude Arpi author of The Fate Of Tibet threw light on the Indo Tibetan relations during 1947 50 Titled Glimpses Of Tibet the exhibition mounted at the Vinyasa Gallery comprising 27 black and white and colour photographs captured the story of a nation whose cry for help is loud and clear The strong links that exist between India and Tibet came through quite effectively in the photographs The one in black and white where the Dalai Lama is inspecting the guard of honor in 1956 three years before he fled to India is poignant The ruins of the Ganden and Drepung monasteries which were destroyed during the cultural revolution tell another sad tale The Potala Palace Lhasa the seat of

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20011117.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Showcasing Shangri-La | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    aware of the Tibetan problem The Glimpses of Tibet exhibition at the Vinyasa Art Gallery at Alwarpet on Saturday was an attempt to set that right Many are not aware of our struggle They have freedom So they are not able to grasp our need for independence In that way the Karmapa controversy was good because it created some awareness But that is not enough a participant said Photographs at the exhibition were split into three sections Tibet before 1959 an Independent Tibet Tibet In Exile and Tibet Today The participants chiefly Tibetan students studying in Chennai explained the significance of the photographs Included in the exhibition was a lecture on Indo Tibet relationship by French Tibetologist Claude Arpi Following it was a screening of Kundun an English film on the true story of the Dalai Lama The exhibition was organised by Friends of Tibet INDIA in association with the Tibetan Student s Association Chennai and TPPRC More arresting than the photographs was the conviction of the students for free Tibet They even understand the compulsions of Indo China Tibet relations But like the photographs which have been brought down from Dharamsala for the exhibition most of these students would

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20001112.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Toast To Tibet | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    enthusiasts then viewed Suresh Natarajan s snaps of the Dalai Lama Ulrike Koch s revelatory documentary The Saltmen Of Tibet and Martin Scorsese s Hollywood spiced Kundun Said Sethu Das president of the Friends of Tibet INDIA the organisation effort feels worth it especially when many Tibetans are coming out of their shells at such functions Plans are now afoot to take this one day programme to Cochin and other

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  • A Journey To The Top Of The World | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    the Dalai Lama has to make to preserve Tibet s people and their culture The film chronicles the Lama s life through the Chinese invasion of 1950 to his final escape into exile in India The film is further enhanced by the haunting musical score by Philip Glass and the unforgettable photography by Roger Deakins Escape From Tibet is a touching documentary directed by Nick Grey about the resilience of two brothers travelling with a group of young Tibetans along the treacherous terrains of the Himalayan range Travelling on foot many die because of the unbearable weather conditions and hunger They have to trek through Nepal to arrive in India to escape the Chinese and also to fulfill their dream of meeting with the Dalai Lama Every year hundreds of Tibetans try to escape Chinese occupied Tibet and arrive in Dharamsala The Saltmen Of Tibet written and directed by Ulrike Koch has won awards like Best Film at the Tourmina Independent Film at the Pusan Film Festival in 1997 This is a tale of four men leading a yak caravan for months to bring home salt a very important source of survival This film serves as a commentary on the

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20000712.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Tibet Day Celebrated in Mumbai | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    views of many Tibetans who want to return to their homeland some day and fell more to practice their culture Paljor another Tibetan who walked from Tibet to India with his brother 1959 feels advertising posters films and events like these help educate the general public They also create more awareness about the atrocities done to the land of Tibet its culture and its people for so many years Friends of Tibet INDIA is a year old organisation that has 800 members in Mumbai Sethu Das the president of the organisation says We aim to create as much as awareness as we can about the plight of the people of Tibet We also plan to take this festival to Cochin in the first week September Festival of Tibet 2000 will be held in Madras in order to spread the message among Indians We also have a website promoting this cause The celebrations took off with a photography exhibition called Living Buddha Suresh Natarajan This soulful exhibition captured the Dalai Lama in his pure childlike spirit Kundun an Oscar nominated film for the best musical score directed by Martin Scorsese was also screened Escape From Tibet is a touching documentary directed

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  • Two Is Company For Friends of Tibet | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    goods Mr Sikka along with the company s Vice Chairperson Mrs Urvi Piramal her son Mr Harsh Piramal and daughter in law Ms Reshma Piramal sought a meeting with the Dalai Lama two years ago He exuded so much positive energy We were enthused by his simplicity and his philosophy of life relates Mr Sikka And what touched them most were the children and adults who undertake the treacherous journey to India from Tibet by foot and lose their limbs to frost bite along the way Mr Sikka recalls the meeting with the Dalai Lama with utmost affection There was light in his eyes and his innocent laughter took the cake We were all so touched with what he said that we decided to go the whole hog and support the cause The Tibetan cause however came to the industrial house via their daughter in law Recalls Ms Reshma Piramal Three years ago I saw two films Seven Years in Tibet and Kundun Though the first one was fairly commercial both moved me a great deal and made me cry a lot Though I ve been aware of Tibetans in India I never knew the kind of suffering they had to go through I was very keen to meet His Holiness and get involved with the cause Later when my husband Harsh and I went to study in the United Kingdom I decided to be a volunteer at the Office of Tibet in London When I got back to India I joined Friends of Tibet In fact it was at her initiative that the Ambanis who are their close family friends too lent their name to the festival and the cause We wanted the festival to be on a large scale because generally if Mumbai does something other parts of

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20000406.html (2016-04-25)
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  • A Chilling Fire | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    ignitions eruptions and a certain smell indicated that something was burning It took me some time to realise that it was my flesh It wasn t a hallucinogen the Buddha s fire sermon or the many cups of Tibetan tea I had that brought me face to face with what was happening Nor a film on the Tibetan Book of the Dead which sometimes made my skin crawl The film may have helped but some point in the festival I can t recall exactly when I was freshly aware of something crawling beneath the skin a chilling fire And that got me reading some poems again Snowdrop Now is the globe shrunk tight Round the mouse s dulled wintering heart Weasel and crow as if moulded in brass Move through an outer darkness Not in their right minds With the other deaths She too pursues her ends Brutal as the stars of the month Her pale head heavy as metal Ted Hughes Going There is an evening coming up Across the fields one never seen befor That lights no lamps Silken it seems at a distance yet When it is drawn up over the knees and breast It brings no

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