By Tenzin Dechen
DARJEELING, India, 22 November 2013
An inaugural function for the new Tibetan film Losar (Tibetan New Year) took place on 22nd November 2013 at the Community Hall of the Tibetan Self-Help Centre (TRSHC), in Darjeeling, West Bengal, marking the commencement of the shooting of the film. The film is being produced by Lodor Productions, a Gangtok-based Tibetan film production company.
The event was attended by several dignitaries and noted personalities including Chief Guest Mr Dorjee Tsetan (Managing Director of TRSHC), Guest of Honour Mr Sonam Tsering (a renowned Tibetan Actor), Mr. Tenzin Jamyang, and dignitaries from Tibetan Women’s Association, Tibetan Youth Congress, U-Tsang Association, and others.
Mr Lobsang Dorjee introduced the theme of the film saying, “the aim of the film is to create awareness about Losar. We celebrate the festival, but many of us, especially the younger generations, do not know the history, significance, purpose, and ways of proper celebration.”
He further said that though the film has a socio-cultural objective, it aspires to be of high entertainment value as well.
Mr Dorjee Tsetan, the Chief Guest of the ceremony, released the script of the film and presented khata (ceremonial scarves) to the cast and crew members of the film. He lauded the initiative of Mr Lobsang Dorjee, and addressed the gathering for the need to create awareness and promote Tibetan festivals through such creative and effective medium, especially for the younger generations in this fast-track competitive period of globalization.
The main artistes in the film are: Lobsang Dorjee (father), Ms Kunchok Dolma (mother), Tenzin Kunchok (daughter), and Lhakpa Yangkey (younger sister), along with supporting actors: Tenzin Choden, Tashi Dhondup, Jigme Tenzin, and others. The cameraman of the film is Mr Tenzin Gawa. The other crew members are Mr Jampa Tenzin, Mr Lhakchung, and Mrs Lobsang Wangmo.
The film is expected to be released during the upcoming Tibetan New Year in February 2014.