Inter House cultural nite
The cultural nite is one of the most looked forward and very important events in TCV calendar. In order to imbibe in our children the cultural components of our identity we make our children involve voluntarily in many of our programs that would make us unique in terms of our cultural identity. Performing arts teachers are very important resource in our schools in making our children aware of myriad aspects of Tibetan cultural and performing arts. Tibetan opera is very unique performing art depicting historical events with series of songs, dances and melodrama. Cultural competition is a mega event with the involvement of over hundreds of children in learning various performing arts from singing, dancing and dialogues. Ache Lhamo is a very special form of melodrama with the combination of songs, dances and dialogue. This year as per the wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to pass on this unique performing arts to the youngsters we arranged to have Lhamo performance in place of song and dance competition involving about fifty children from each house. Without any disturbance to the routine study schedule we made use of the afternoon session after class in learning this unique performing art. The main theme of Lhamo this year is on the life of ascetic yoga Milarepa. All the four houses performed their part and the theme story was depicted without any notice of the transition of the houses. It just merged in perfect unison and flow.
We are very happy to have our Ex-Kalon Kongo Tenzin Geje La as the chief guest for the Lhamo competition among our Houses. The show went on for three consecutive hours without any sign of boredom. The competition was tough and neck to neck. No one would guess who the obvious winner was until the last minute when Gyen Bhagdo La announced the winner for this year’s Inter-House cultural competition. TRIRAL HOUSE was declared winner for this year. Owing to the hard work put in by about two hundred children for about a month in making the performance a class of its own, the chief guest declared the next day a day of rest and the whole auditorium echoed with applause and jubilation.
Saka Dawa the most holy month in the Tibetan calendar
Saka Dawa is considered the most holy month in the Tibetan calendar as the month coincides with three important events of Buddha’s chronicle: Birth, Death and Enlightenment. Buddhist all over the world especially Tibetans make deliberate attempt to accumulate merit by doing good deeds: abstaining from eating meat, reading Holy Scriptures, visiting temples, prostrating and giving alms to the needy. It is believed that the merit thus accrued will be multiplied thousand times. In the light of this belief it is very moving to see our little children thread the path of compassionate acts and the whole atmosphere is very pious and positive.
During the entire month there were series of programs to enrich your life with the genuine concern to be of some help to others living literally and embracing our school MOTTO: “Others before self” to our heart and action. The scripture reading by class VII and above was organized in the class room. Staff and hermits did Kagyur reading in the main Village temple. Over two hundred volumes of Kagyur and Tangyur reading was completed within three days. Before we began opening the scripture, senior students made a complete round of the whole compound with the Holy Scriptures led by our religious instructors blessing the whole area.
Kagyur reading was concluded with thanks giving offering of Tsog with participation from our hermits numbering about thirty. Staff members and our senior students joined for the offering on the main square of our temple.
Dialogue with USIP Youth Leaders – Dharamsala, HP, India – May 3, 2016
Through the courtesy of US Institute of Peace – the Youth leaders from thirteen countries after a very productive dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama paid a brief visit to TCV. The youth leaders had a very meaningful discussion with our senior students forming small groups consisting of few of our students and youth leaders from various counties sharing and discussing on various topics. After a very insightful discussion, few of the senior youth leaders shared their experience gained through their discussion with our children to the entire team. The visiting youth leaders were impressed with the depth of knowledge and personal experience our children shared about their arduous journey across the border leaving their family behind and living in exile with strong determination to prepare for the day we return back to free Tibet.
To give a brief glimpse of our rich aspect of our tradition and culture our children presented a group song and two dance items which the visitors liked and applauded with great appreciation. As these youth leaders are from various conflicting troublesome countries, the main idea of their visit was to train these youth in leadership at the time of calamities and troublesome. They were together only for a while and yet they were able to present a group song and dance in their own vernacular languages. A lady shared a beautiful song and made whole of the participants in the hall sing the choir which she led. After the formal cultural exchange the visit ended with friendly basketball match between the youth leaders and our students.