A slice of Tibet

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Equivalent of the western opera, Lhamo is an ancient Tibetan tradition, dating back to the Royal Dynastic period. The masked dance-drama is a day-long affair, held under a huge canvas, with cymbals and drums. Caught a miniature representation of Lhamo at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), which offers great insights into the Tibetan sub-cultures and lives. A good time to visit though would be April-May when TIPA itself holds various cultural programs or during December when film festivals are ongoing.

The miniature in the picture is based on a folk tale called ‘Norsang’s romance’. It has all the makings of a classic – a just Northern kingdom, a cruel Southern one, alliance of a prince and a mythical goddess, jealous wives, separation and reunion, and even an happily ever after. Surprising how they usually follow the same pattern…

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