GOLDEN JUBILEE EXHIBITION TOUR TO NORTH-EAST INDIA
On the occasion of the golden jubilee anniversary (23 March, 2011), Men-Tsee-Khang decided to hold exhibition all over India within the Tibetan and the local community in the major cities of India for the whole year in order to bring awareness of the traditional cultures of Tibetan medicine and astrology and the development stages of the institute since its inception in 1961.
A team of four members headed by Dr. Sonam Dolkar Oshoe, 50 years organizing committee; Dr. Tsetan Mingyur, Materia Medica Department; Astrologer Tenzin Tsewang, Astrology Department and Mr. Dorji Nyima, staff of Pharmacy department visited North East India from 10 April to 2 June, 2011. This group toured ten locations in the North east India, i.e. Shillong, Itanagar, Bomdila, Tenzigang,Tawang, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Kalimpong, Salugara and Kolkota.
From 16 - 17 April, 2011 the exhibition was held at Hotel Assembly in Shillong. The inaugural ceremony started with the arrival of the Chief Guest, Mr. Charles Pyngrope Honorable Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Around 154 people came to visit the exhibition. The exhibition in Itanagar was organized in collaboration with the Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) at Siddharth Hall, from 20 - 21 April, 2011. Mr. Rinchen Dorjee, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Chairman was the chief guest on the occasion. A total of around 100 people visited the exhibition.
The exhibition at Lower Gonpa, Bomdila was held on 24 April, 2011. It was inaugurated by Upper Gonpa Abbot, Venerable Geshe Thupten Kunphen and around 130 people attended the exhibition with much enthusiasm and appreciation. Then, the exhibition at Tenzigang was organized on the 27 April at the Tibetan Community Hall. The occasion was inaugurated by Tenzigang Local Assembly Chairman and representatives of the various NGOs also participated in the event. A crowd of about 218 people including students of CST Tenzigang visited the exhibition. In Tawang, the exhibition was scheduled to be held at Gaden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery on 1-2 May and all the preparations were done but due to the sudden unfortunate incident of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister the event was called off as a mark of respect for his unwavering support to the people in the locality. Hence, the following exhibition scheduled at Miao on May 7th and 8th was also cancelled.
The exhibition in Darjeeling was held at Tibetan Community Hall on 11th and 12th May. The Settlement Officer, Mr. Tsewang Tashi was the chief guest and heads of various NGOs and local Tibetans were present. 240 people consisting of locals, Tibetans and school children attended the exhibition. The next venue of the exhibition was held at Hotel Tibet, Gangtok from 16th, 17th and 18th of May. The inaugural ceremony was graced by Sikkim Health Minister, Mr. D.N. Thakarpa accompanied by the Tibetan Settlement Officer, Mr. Karma Dadul. There were about 520 people who visited the exhibition including local community, Tibetans and school children. The exhibition in Kalimpong was organized at Mani Lhakhang Hall on the 20th of May. It was inaugurated by the Jamyang Kongtrue Rinpoche and 345 people visited the exhibition.
On 23rd and 24th of May the exhibition was held at the Himalaya Buddhist Cultural School hall, Salugara. IPS Officer of Siliguri, Mr. Tshering F Sherpa was invited for the occasion as the chief guest. Income Tax Commissioner of Siliguri, Mr. C.L.Denzongpa and his colleagues were also present as special guests. About 90 local people and Tibetans visited the exhibition. The last exhibition of North-East India was held at Men-Tsee-Khang branch clinic, Kolkota, on the 28th and 29th of May. A crowd of around 200 Indians visited the exhibition with much appreciation.
On the whole, the North-East India exhibition of Men-Tsee-Khang was attended by around 1997 people of varying backgrounds. Many of the visitors suggested the institution to continue and create awareness about Tibetan Medicine and Astrology amongst the common people. The event was broadcasted in the Local News Channels, Radio Free Asia, local Hindi newspaper, and Bod Gyalo.
Men-Tsee-Khang would like to thank the Tibetan Settlement Officers of Shillong, Tenzigang, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Gangtok, heads and members of various NGOs, Mr. Chomphel and Tenzin Nyima of Shillong, Mr Tashi Dhondup, Mr. Sonam Tenzin, Mr. Sonam Phuntsok and Mr. Sonam Wangchuk of Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society and Mr. Sonam Lhundup, the director of Himalaya Buddhist Cultural School, Salugara for their unconditional support and assistance in making this exhibition a success.