Standing in the middle of the crowd supporting the cause of Tibetan Independence makes me feel proud to be a Tibetan and now, the younger generation is inspired to be less ignorant about something that lies so close to so many hearts.
Just over a month ago, we filmed the Tibetan Freedom concert. The main motive of the concert is to secure the past and shape the future. Students for a free Tibet opted to put emphasis during this concert, on the Doring or stone pillar, a historic document witnessing the Tibet’s Independence in 1913 which still stands in front of the Potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
On the very day of 13 February 1913, Tibet’s 13th Dalai Lama proclaimed Tibet independence from China. They lived under self-rule for almost four decades, until China invaded Tibet from the Himalayan region in 1949. Therefore, this day is marked in history and Students for a Free Tibet organized a Tibetan freedom concert with a hope to celebrate this very day in Tibet and with a shared dream for a free Tibet.
The concert started with an energetic Tibetan traditional dance known as TashiShopla, the “Good Luck Dance” which is usually performed to welcome the audience. Well-known musicians and singers from the Northeast and Delhi joined to support the cause of Tibetan independence. The Freedom concert was started as an initiative to make the youth aware of the situation in Tibet and to inspire them to stand up for their freedom. The Tibetan students also performed a beautiful song “Thank you India” for their support and love to Tibetan refugee in India since 1959.
To mark the 100 years since the 13th Dalai Lama issued Tibet’s Declaration of Independence the Student for a Free Tibet unveil the replica of the historic document of declaration of Tibet’s freedom in 1913.