Tibet Foundation

Tibet Foundation Day 2015

Dec 4, 2015

Tibet Foundation Day 2015 welcomed an array of talented musicians and speakers, and hosted over 150 guests as we looked back at 30 years as a charity

Tibet Foundation Day 2015 (from left to right): Susan Burrows (Trustee), Cheng Yu, Ngawang Lodup, Gayatri Govindarajan, Phuntsog Wangyal (Chairman of Trustees), Ian Baker, Nyamdavaa Sukhbaatar, Tsering Gongkatsang (Trustee). November 20th 2015.
 
 
Trustee of Tibet Foundation Susan Burrows offering the opening speech 
Susan Burrows, a long-serving trustee of Tibet Foundation, opened the evening by looking back upon and highlighted the projects Tibet Foundation has worked on for the past 30 years, and of the service offered by the charity since its inception in 1985.  
 
Nyamdavaa Sukhbaatar playing the Mongolian flute
 
Guests were treated to musical performances from: Nyamdavaa Sukhbaatar, with a Mongolian Musical rendition of the Limbe (the Mongolian traditional flute) and the Morin Khuur (Horseheaded Fiddle), as we reflected upon our Buddhism in Mongolia Projects.
 
Ian Baker discusses the Lukhang Temple in Lhasa
 
Taking some time out form his busy schedule, having just opened and curated the enormously popular ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple’ Exhibit for the Wellcome Trust, renowned academic, author and explorer Ian Baker offered an insightful and fascinating talk on the secrets of Lhasa’s Lhukang Temple, followed by a question and answer session. Guests were captivated by the rich imagery of the yogic practice depicted in the Lhukang, which illustrated coincided with one of this year’s biggest Tibet Events in the UK. 
 
Cheng Yu Performing traditional Chinese Songs 
 
We were also honoured to welcome Chinese music from the very talented Cheng Yu, who is formerly a pipa soloist in the Central Orchestra of Chinese Music China, and is a renowned lute and guqin zither virtuoso, ethnomusicologist and specialist in Chinese music. Dr Yu stunned the audience with a traditional rendition of classical Chinese songs.
 
Ngawang Lodup performing to a packed audience
 
Highly acclaimed musician Ngawang Lodup joined us, having recently played at the O2 Arena in London for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Nagawang offered a beautiful Tibetan Capella song, followed by songs on the Dramyin (Himalayan folk music lute with seven strings) to a captive audience. Images of our Aid to Tibet projects were projected in the background as both Nagwang Lodup and Cheng Yu performed to the thrilled audience. 
 
Gayathri Govindarajan Ajay playing the Veena
 
Gayathri Govindarajan Ajay offered a wonderful Indian Musical Performance playing the national instrument of India – the Veena. As images and memories of our some of our longest running projects of Tibetans In Exile were highlighted in the background, the crowd was treated to a soulful rendition of traditional Indian music.
 
Tibetan Performers Thupten, Jampa, and Jamyang
 
A concluding musical performance by Tibetan Performers Thupten, Jampa,and Jamyang closed the show with a lively song and dance, as they performed in full traditional Tibetan attire.
 
Trustee Tsering Gongkatsang, with the Gyatoen Competition Announcement results
 
A very special announcement by trustee Tsering Gongkatsang, formed part of the conclusion of the show, with the Gyatoen Competition Announcement results. The hard work of students in exile for art, memorisation and essays was highlighted as part of this unique competition by the Foundation.
 
Chairman of the Trustees Mr Phuntsog Wangyal was warmly welcomed to the stage, who gave a message of thanks.
 
Chairman Phuntsog Wangyal gave a message of thanks and presented khatas (precious offering scarves) to all of the guests, followed by a reception of drinks and refreshments for all of those present, which exceeded 150 guests.
We thank all of you who attended this special event, and for all of the kind wishes as we marked our 30th anniversary, without your help and support we would not have been able to have achieved so many accomplishments.