GUWAHATI, Jan 7 � Guwahati will host a five-day event celebrating Tibetan culture early next month in which spiritual leader and Nobel Laureate the Dalai Lama will participate.
�For the first time, the city of Guwahati or �The gateway to the North East India� will host a five-day event celebrating this unique (Tibetan) culture. �Festival of Tibetan Art and Culture� will be held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra from February 2 to 6,� Karma Yeshi, Member of Parliament of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Dharamsala, said in a statement.
He added, �and blessing this historic event will be His Holiness the Dalai Lama who had once passed through this city in 1959 after his escape from Tibet via the Khenzimani Pass in Arunachal Pradesh.�
Besides, Pema Khandu, Minister of Tourism and Rural Works Development of Arunachal Pradesh, and other dignitaries from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will also participate in the opening ceremony.
The Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile Lobsang Sangay will be present during the closing ceremony on February 6.
During the five-day event, visitors will be able to witness Tibetan traditional thangka paintings drawn by Tibetan artists, partake of Tibetan cuisine, besides �watch monks create Sand Mandala and butter sculpture, see Tibetan woodcarving art and also buy traditional Tibetan handicraft products made by Tibetan refugees.