The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is a cultural institute established on August 11, 1959 to preserve Tibetan artistic heritage. The institute was founded by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenmzin Gyatso, and was earlier called Tibetan Music, Dance and Drama Society. It is one of the first institutes established by the Dalai Lama.
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Dalai Lama, along with the 80,000 Tibetans, reached India in 1959 after being exiled from Tibet. He realized that it is important to take steps to safeguard Tibet’s unique culture and art. Hence, he established TIPA and the refugees volunteered to help with the costumes and instruments.
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TIPA soon became the center of the city as well as the social life of Tibetans living in Dharamsala. Its annual 10-day Shoton Festival attracts people from all over the country. The performance at the festival includes dancing and singing by the artists in elaborate costumes. The folk songs tell stories of interesting characters like kings, fools, yogis and witches. The instruments like cymbals and drums add to the enchanting atmosphere and make it an unforgettable experience.
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