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Creative Resistance in Dharamshala

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003
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Creative Resistance logoAugust 19, 2003. Dharamshala: The Friends of Tibet (India), yesterday held a poetry reading session which also marked the launch of a magazine Creative Resistance printed and published for Friends of Tibet (India) by its founder Sethu Das and his brother. Around fifty people gathered at the Lhakpa Tsering memorial hall of the Department of Information and International Relations to listen to poems written by Tibetan writers in exile like Bhuchung D Sonam, Lhasang Tsering, Sonam Dhondup and Sung Chung Kyi. However, Kyi and Dhondup were not able to make it to the event.

As the poetry reading began with Bhuchung D Sonam, a former student of Tibetan Children’s Village, the enthusiasm of the audience was already visible. Bhuchung read three of his poems from his book ‘Dandelions of Tibet’, his first stint into poetry. His upcoming project is “Muses in Exile”, a collection of poems written by young exile poets. Lhasang Tsering read three of his poems from the new book ‘Tomorrow and other Poems’. Through his poems he has expressed his yearning to return to a free Tibet.

Creative Resistance launch

Creative Resistance and Those Who Worked Behind: (L to R) Tenzin Tsundue, CA Kallianpur, Priyanka Rana, Gabriel Lafitte and Lhasang Tsering during the book release at Dharamshala.

The programme, ‘Celebrating exile’, which lasted for more than an hour, was the third from the pipeline of Friends of Tibet’s activities in Dharamsala. Tenzin Tsundue of the Friends of Tibet, in his introductory remark, said that the event was to give an opportunity for the Tibetan poets and writers to interact directly with each other and to give people an insight into Tibetan poetry and creative writing. He also assured that his organisation will hold such programmes in the future also.

Tsundue said that the Tibetans in exile are not suffering, poverty stricken, ragged and painful people and that the Tibetans have come out as proud refugees. The audience took active part in the event by expressing their views on modern Tibetan literature. (Report from

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