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Shri Ramakrishna Hegde lighting the inaugural lamp, 2002

Tibet House organised a ten-day Tibetan Cultural Festival entitled ‘Compassion and Reincarnation in Tibetan Art’ at Bangalore from March 1 to 10, 2002. Former Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde inaugurated the festival at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Art Complex. The festival included: an exhibition of rare and exquisite Thangka paintings; a two-day musical concert entitled ‘Echoes of the World Festival of Sacred Music’ performing Tibetan folk dances and traditional music and monastic music; a six-day workshop on ‘Buddhist Chanting and Music’; and concluded with a two-day seminar ‘Towards a Culture of Peace’. Prior to the Tibetan Cultural Festival, Tibet House arranged a two-day Dharma Discourse on ‘Three Principal Aspects of the Path to Enlightenment’ by the Most Venerable Ugyen Tseten Rinpoche at The Study Centre, Krishnamurti Foundation India.


Shri T. N. Chaturvedi, Governor of Karnataka viewing the exhibits, 2003

As part of Tibet House’s endeavor to promote intercultural and interreligious understanding, another festival to showcase the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, astrology and sacred art was held in collaboration with The World Buddhist Culture Trust from August 17 to 24, 2003 in Bangalore. Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Governor of Karnataka, inaugurated the festival at the Indian Institute of World Culture. During the weeklong festival there were also film shows, free consultations by a Tibetan physician, a workshop on monastic chanting, and three concerts of monastic dance and chanting by the monks of the Tashi Dhargye Monastery at different venues.