'Ocean of Wisdom' Enlightens Cochin City
(Kashi Art Café, Fort Cochin | April 17-20, 2004)
Honorable Minister Prof
at the gallery
'Ocean of Wisdom', a four-day long photo exhibition on His Holiness
the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet and a festival of films on the issue of
Tibet in Cochin marked the beginning of Cochin Chapter of Friends of
Tibet (INDIA)'s activities in the district. These 18 rare photographs
on the temporal and spiritual of Tibet by renowned photographer
Suresh Natarajan organised by Friends of Tibet in association with
the Kashi Art Café was inaugurated by the Honorable Minister for
Kerala State Prof KV Thomas at the Kashi Art Café, Burgher
Street, Fort Cochin on April 17, 2004 at 6pm.
(Director of Kashi Art Café) welcomes the gathering
Director of Kashi Art Café and an old supporter of the Tibetan cause,
welcomed the gathering of both Indians and Tibetans.
In the inaugural speech, Prof KV Thomas spoke in length about the history
of Kerala and her century-old relationship with the Portuguese,
Dutch, British, Jews and the Chinese. He said the presence of the
exiled Tibetans in Kerala is a reminder that India is one country
which always welcomed those who are undergoing political repression
at various neighbouring countries. He also expressed his wishes to
meet the Dalai Lama in the near future.
Inauguration by Prof
a well-known political cartoonist and a writer from Kerala spoke
about the few smiling faces he always remembers —
one of them is the Dalai Lama.
General Secretary of Friends of Tibet,
thanked the people of Cochin City for their support for various causes.
He explained about the future activities of the Friends of Tibet
in Kerala state and informed the crowd that 'Ocean of Wisdom'
will travel to three cities in the state and to all state capitals
in the country.
Feature/documentary films like "Kundun" (Directed by Martin Scorcese),
"Escape from Tibet" (Directed by Nick Grey),
"Cry of the Snowlion" (Directed by Tom Peosay),
and "The Cup" (Directed by Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche)
were screened at the Kashi Art Café for four days
from April 17, 2004. This four-day
exhibition of Dalai Lama photographs by Suresh Natarajan and historic
photographs from the Tibet Museum, Dharamshala in Cochin attracted
hundreds of people from all across the state.
'Ocean of Wisdom'
was organised by Friends of Tibet (INDIA) in association with the
Kashi Art Café
in Cochin, Kerala from April 17-20, 2004.