Former Kalon Dongchung Ngodup Inaugurates ‘Shadow Circus’-Temporary Exhibition on Tibetan Resistance Movement
Dharamshala: Former Kalon of Security, Dongchung Ngodup inaugurated the Tibet Museum’s temporary exhibition titled “Shadow Circus” this morning. Alongside the former Kalon, the inaugural ceremony was presided over by DIIR Secretary Karma Choeying and special guests, film makers Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin.
Also in attendance were former Kalon Tenzin Geyche Tethong, Members of Parliament Dorjee Tseten and Youdon Aukatsang, DIIR’s Additional Secretaries Tenzin Lekshay and Namgyal Tsewang, Director of Tibetan Nuns Project and former Secretary Nangsa Choedon, Thubten Tsering Lingtsang, and members of the Tibetan press.
Tenzin Topdhen, the Director of the Tibet Museum said the purpose of organising this temporary exhibition was to disseminate information about the uncensored, unbiased, and untainted history of Tibet spanning from 1957–74 to highlight and encapsulate the resistance movement of Tibet given its historical significance. He shared that the organisers had spent around two and a half months preparing to host this exhibition while underscoring factual details about the guerrilla warfare that happened between 1957 and 1974.
Former Kalon Dongchung Ngodup addressed the gathering on the evolution of the resistance movement carried out by Tibetans inside and outside Tibet from the first generation to the present against the Chinese occupation of Tibet while reminding them to commemorate all those Tibetan martyrs and their sacrifices. He urged Tenzing Sonam to continue to spread awareness about Tibet through the material evidence of the historical resistance movement that he possesses. In his advice to the Tibetan youth, he appealed to them to keep themselves informed of Tibetan history.
DIIR Secretary Karma Choeying stressed that the current exhibition is not merely a background in Tibetan history and culture but directly relates to the political movement by shedding light on a distressful time in Tibetan history marked by the occupation of Tibet and the consequential rise of Tibetans from all three traditional provinces unitedly to resist the occupation by the People’s Republic of China.
Special guests Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin spoke about the necessity behind holding this exhibition, stressing that the history of resistance of Tibetans must not be forgotten by the Tibetans, especially by the Tibetan youth while pointing out that awareness of the past resistance to inspire and empower the youth to partake in the Tibetan movement. The duo also shared their role as filmmakers to counter the false propaganda of the Communist Chinese government.
Shadow Circus is based on the documentary of the same name, directed by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin. It is being hosted in many parts of the world, from Berlin to Kochi and New Delhi to Mumbai, and this time arriving in Dharamshala.