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Emphasis on Tibet - Access Asia Festival


Last Friday, I went to the Opening of the Access Asia Festival held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This year, the organizers have decided to put the emphasis on Tibet and Tibetan culture.

For starters, there was a vernissage. Photographs of a Tibetan settlement in southern India entitled "In the Shadow of Tibet: A Culture in Exile" by Kiran Ambwani, a freelance photographer based in Montreal, were exhibited at La Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal.

The 5-à-7 was followed by a special musical performance by the Tibetan singer, Kalsang Dolma. She sang three songs which had the effect to transport the auditors across the far-flung beautiful land of Tibet and its mystical spell. Afterward, I had the opportunity to interview this artist and she has a lot to reveal about her roots and its culture.

Kalsang Dolma told us that there is approximately 150 Tibans currently residing in Montreal. Ms. Dolma was born in a Tibetan community in Hansur, southern India and immigrated to Canada at the age of 11. She sat foot for the first time in Tibet at the age of 28, during which she was part of the documentary "What Remains of Us". Throughout the interview, I felt that she deeply loves Tibet, that where resides her roots and is deeply attached to it, although she has never lived there. Her father, who had fled Tibet, had never let her forget about her roots.



aliĝngix's picture

Always alive...

I applaud Kalsang Dolma willingness to keep the culture alive. I haven't heard her sing, but I believe you when you say it was beautiful. How the biography said, she sounds like someone who loves truly and deeply, and that would reflect in her voice.
I can't tell you what I feel when people keep alive their cultures in this present state of the wolrd where one tries to dominate another in an attempt to get more land because they themselves were wasteful, exuberant and greedy without any care for what lay ahead if they used all of their resources.
Thanks for sharing.

yamaneko's picture

She is amazing. She is

She is amazing. She is working on her debut album, release day unknown, but if you get the chance to listen to some of her songs and the way she talks about Tibet, you can feel that she is deeply attached to it. Thanks to taking the time to read my first blog =)

jadefrank's picture

Welcome to PulseWire! I think

Welcome to PulseWire!

I think you will find this to be a positive experience, especially if you take advantage of the numerous resources available through this online community. Although I see that you have already grasped onto the community by making your courageous voice heard.

Thank you for sharing your interest in Tibet and your experience at Montreal's Access Asia Festival. You may be interested in connecting with another PulseWire member, Yangdol, who is the General Secretary of the National Democratic Party of Tibet in Dharmasala, India.

I look forward to hearing more of your voice here on PulseWire!

Warm regards,

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