Dharamshala: Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit will preside over the opening ceremony of the Cultural Festival of Tibet event, a part of the year-long ‘Thank You India’ campaign organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), in New Delhi on Monday, it was announced on Sunday.
CTA President Lobsang Sangay will also attend the inaugural ceremony that will continue till April 4.
Apart from the exhibitions, film screening and performances by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, the festival would also see panel discussion on “India and Tibet: Ancient Ties, Current Bonds”.
Lobsang Sangay, his predecessor Samdhong Rinpoche, Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts former academic director Kapila Vatsyan and philosopher M. Sondhi are among the speakers.
Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, BJP leader Ram Madhav and members of Parliament – Shanta Kumar of BJP and Satyavrat Chaturvedi of Congress – were present at the inaugural ‘Thank You India’ campaign along with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama and CTA functionalities in Delhi on Saturday.The campaign is to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India.
After cancelling inaugural events in Delhi, the Tibetan government-in-exile started countrywide programmes from its headquarters in this Himachal Pradesh town.