Dharamshala: - Vijay Kranti, a prominent Indian photographer has organised a photo festival on Tibet in Chandigarh, on April 22, focusing on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, Tibet's physical and cultural landscape, struggle for liberation, its refugee community and activities in exile.
Titled 'Buddha's Home Coming", in reference to the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's return to India, the birthplace of Buddhism, the photographs showcase the changing, and permanent elements of the social fabric of Tibetans and their activities in and outside Tibet.
Mr Kranti, who has been associated with the Tibetan cause for over four decades, has called his exhibition a "tribute to the success of the Tibetan refugee community" and also highlights their excellent relationship with the people of India.
His association with the Tibetan cause started when he got an opportunity to interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1972. According to him, "that was the beginning of a love affair, which has only increased with knowing the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans more and more".
He said that the "the example of Tibetan reconstruction presents a very viable and effective alternative to a world, where violence has become the most popular currency, while dealing with opponents" and that it further shows "how building of centres of learning, monasteries, art centres, democratic institutions, and revival of traditional healing systems can give an endless shelf life to a culture and national identity, that stands threatened at the hands of ruthless imperialist occupiers of a country".
Divided in to various shows, each displaying "one specific aspect of Tibetan life and culture", the photographs show the contrasting nature of the Tibet of yesteryears and under Chinese rule.
Some of the photo exhibitions include 'Paradise Lost-Life inside today's Tibet', 'Dalai Lama- Soldier of Peace' and 'Tibet in Exile'.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Hon'ble Shri Shivraj Patil, the Governor of Punjab, in the presence of Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche, the former Kalon Tripa of the Central Tibetan Administration and is being held (April 22-27, 2013) at the Museum of Fine Arts of the Panjab University in Chandigarh.
The Hon'ble Governor said "that Art and Culture, the Music and Truth have no boundaries" and that "Music and Art has its own language".
Mr Kranti plans to organise the exhibition in various countries with the help of their local Tibet Support Groups.