August 11, 2010
On the 11th of August 2010, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visited TIPA (Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts) Dharamshal as a Chief Guest on the occasion of the 51st Yarkyid (Summer Festival) and celebration of its establishment. The celebration was opened by His Holiness by lighting a lamp in front of a glowing Buddha Statue, which was also a symbol of respect to those who had died in the tragic natural calamities in Tibet, Ladakh and other parts of the world.
His Holiness presented the award cups to the winner and the runners up, and other special prizes to the artists, and he blessed the gathering with the opening of a new book about TIPA’s historical records.
Judging the admirable presentation given by two troupes during the celebration, His Holiness expressed appreciation to the artists and concerned staff members for their tireless service and dedication. He further encouraged them to continue their good service in preserving Tibet’s unique culture and tradition, the combination of modern arts and the world of music.
The celebration was also graced by the presence of other dignitaries and officials of the Tibetan Government in Exile and many officials from different organizations and associations.