Dharamshala — The first ever Mr Tibet contest commenced this weekend, culminating in the crowing of Mr Tibet 2017, Nyima, a 24 year old law student from Bangalore.
The maiden competition saw five finalists--winner Nyima from Bengaluru, first runner up Tsering Choephel from Bengaluru, second runner up Lobsang Choephel a local from Dharamshala, Tenzin Londen from Hunsur Rabgyaling settlement, and Karma Thutop from Bir. The finalists competed for a grand prize of 1,10,000 rupees (almost $1700 USD).
The competition kicked off on October 26th with the swim trunk round at Highland Village Resort at Norbulingka in the morning, followed by fashion and glamour round in the evening at Tibetan institute of Performing Art (TIPA). The following night was the talent and Q&A round also held at TIPA. Despite a low turnout the first two nights, the show hosted saw some great performances from various local Tibetan artists and performers.
Yak Events, the organizer of the contest, awarded a cash prize of Rs 110,000 to Nyima, while Tsering Choephel received Rs 70,000 and Lobsang Choephel received Rs 40,000.
Nyima is a third-year law student at the CMR School of Legal Studies in Bangalore, India. He is also President of the Global Tibetan Students Union. He was born in Tibet and came to India in 2007 where he attended the TCV School in Suja.
According to the host of the event, Yak Events, “The motivation for launching Mr. Tibet platform is to strengthen the visibility ofTibetan identity and to enable the youth to participate in bigger and unconventional platforms. We hope the event will inspire Tibetans to focus on fitness and combat the multiple health problems inflicting our youth and community in general. Mr. Tibet platform creates the much needed space for Tibetan men to follow his heart and tread the unpaved road.”