NEW DELHI, Nov 28: Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) India, the International Buddhist Confederation and Alliance Francaise de Delhi in association with the Korean Cultural Centre, IBC, Art Konsult, Kalpataru Trust and IBIS Hotel organized Inner Path Festival of Buddhism.
The festival had discourses, art exhibitions, photo exhibitions, and even a Kung Fu performance by seven nuns, apart from around sixteen feature and short films based on Buddhist philosophy.
Around sixteen feature and documentary films were screened during the festival, and interestingly a large number of them centered round women empowerment.
In fact, seven nuns actually demonstrated Kung Fu during the festival. The opening day also featured a concert by the Singing Nun-Ani Choying Drolma of Nepal.
Other events included an Exhibition Looking Inward which had works by twenty artists, encompassing the mediums of painting, calligraphy, sculpture, photography and ceramics. The myriad manifestations reflected diverse and highly personal introspection, interpretations of Buddhist philosophy, and creative vision.
These included a show of traditional ink painting scrolls by Aruna Vasudev, founder President of NETPAC and founder The Inner Path Festival and exhibitions of renowned contemporary Indian artists such as Arpana Caur, Niren Sen Gupta, Shobha Broota, Sidharth, and the late Sohan Qadri, paintings by the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa, calligraphy by Bryan Mulvihill, Rajeev Kumar and Qamar Dagar; Tibetan calligraphic art by Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar; photography by Cannon Hersey, Felicia Murray, Kshipra Simon, and Shefali Munjal; photographic works by the artists Deepak Tandon and Saba Hasan; photographs of the Kalachakra, Ladakh-1976 by the artist Jasleen; and ceramic works and an installation by the artist Siraj Saxena.
Another Exhibition was held on The Magic Life of Milarepa: Tibet’s Great Yogi.
Eminent persons including Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar (Regional director), Arpana Caur (first lady contemporary painter and 20 years into Buddhist paintings), Bebeth M Vanloo (Director of Khandro – A woman’s Path of Peace), and Dr GK Ananda Kumaraseri (President of Human Development and Peace Foundation), and Geshe Thubten Jinpa (Director of 108 Yaks-A Journey of Love and Freedom) and artists like Vinita Dasgupta and Kshipra Simon spoke on Buddhism.
Geshe Jangchup Choeden who had been appointed by the Dalai Lama as the Abbot of the prestigious and historic Gaden Shartse Monastery, Dr Dato Ananda Kumaraseri, a career ambassador for over 30 years and Aruna Vasudev, Director of the event also spoke on the occasion.