Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamshala

An insight into the Tibetan culture is what you can seek here.

An insight into the Tibetan culture is what you can seek here. | Photo credit: Ptwo/flickr

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts Overview

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The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is responsible for preserving and promoting Tibet’s unique tradition of performing arts. After the Chinese occupation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama felt it was important to safeguard the traditional performing arts of Tibet so that they are not lost forever.

That is why TIPA, which was established in August 1959, has been spreading awareness and engagement around Tibetan culture and civilization. The institute has many members, including artistes, instructors, administrative staff and craftsmen, all of whom live on the institute’s premises.

One of the major highlights of the institute is the annual Shoton Opera Festival, which is a 9-day long celebration of Traditional Tibetan Opera or Lhamo. One Lhamo performance lasts up to 6 hours.

Apart from the performances, the institute also has a research section that is responsible for documenting and archiving the literature, picture, audio as well as visual components of Tibetan Operatic culture, dance and music.

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Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, P.O. Mcleod Ganj Distt - Kangra, Dharamshala 176219 (H.P.) | Phone: +91-1892-221478 / 220587 / 220710 | Email: tipadhasa@hotmail.com