Dharamshala —  The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), the premier institute of Tibetan dance and theatre, celebrated its 57th founding anniversary with the annual summer festival of Yarkyi, themed ‘Unity’ on 29 May.

After observing a minute’s silence in solidarity with the self-immolators in Tibet, Mr Wangdue Tsering, Director of TIPA gave a brief account of the Institute and its historical milestones.

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the democratically re-elected political leader of the Tibetan people, graced the occasion along with other guests including Mr Kargyu Dhondup, the Chief Justice Commissioner, Mr Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament and Mr Gurusharan Singh, Liaison Officer and many others.

The chief guest Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay congratulated former and present members of the Tibetan premier institute for their extraordinary achievement. “The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts has not only been instrumental in preserving Tibetan culture of theatrical arts, it has also become the global representation of Tibetan culture and identity. The unique culture of Tibetan art and opera has been passed from generation to generation in Tibet. “

“Therefore, I express my gratitude to all the former and present members of the Institute who has contributed in preservation and promotion of Tibetan dance and culture,” he said.

“Artistes in Tibet are braving high risks to challenge China’s censorship of Tibetan music and to protect Tibetan culture against their efforts to sinicise Tibetan people and culture. I commend the artistes inside Tibet for their courage and indomitable spirit.”

Sikyong further congratulated the participants of Yarkyi 2016. The contest was categorized into one solo performance from the two houses; Gyalu and Ngonpa house, two regional dances each and a play themed ‘Unity’. Ngonpa house headed by Lharik Drakpa and Tenzin Jampa won the solo performance and play categories while Gyalu house headed by Tenzin Choenyi won the dance categories. Ngonpa house was the overall winner of the Yarkyi 2016.

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