Dharamshala: The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) was founded in 1970 by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and the library began functioning in 1971. Buddhist and Tibetan scholars, students, researchers, and interested travelers come from all corners of the world to access this resource. Ms. Colleen McKown, a staff writer of The Tibet Post International talked with Ven. Lhakdor, the director of LTWA.

Dharamshala: - "Biggest ever show in McLeod Ganj!" where the main exiled Tibetan Community based, proclaims the poster for Cassini's Division, an off-beat hybrid rock band from Calcutta named after the largest gap in the rings of Saturn. As one of India's leading rock bands, they are set to play the first ever major Rock and Roll concert in the history of Himachal Pradesh.

Dharamshala: - Culture is an indispensable tool in the expression of both personal and collective identity. The Tibetan culture in particular is increasingly fractured as it is suspended without geographical grounding, and the identities of Tibetans living in exile as well as those who remain in Tibet teeter on precarious footing. By keeping the practice of Tibetan art alive, contemporary artists preserve the hope that Tibetan culture will be upheld by future generations, whether living in exile or in Tibet, while building artistic and cultural bridges into the future.

Reykjavik: Documentary film "When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun" is being shown at the 6th Reykjavik International Film Festival in spite of the festival director, Hrönn Marinósdóttir, being summoned to the Chinese embassy and being warned of potential economic and political repercussions in the Chinese-Icelandic relationship if she did not withdraw the film from the festival.

Dharamshala: With the combined stresses of paying for materials, finding a workspace, and balancing one’s personal interests with audience appeal, being an artist is never a profession for the faint of heart.  But to survive as an artist, while simultaneously holding a status as a Tibetan refugee in India?  Doing so would surely be incredibly difficult, if not impossible.  Nevertheless, in McLeod Ganj of Upper Dharamshala, a small community of artists is doing just this, with the help of Tashi Gyatso’s Peak Art Gallery.

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