Naresh K Thakur, Dharamsala: After holding Miss Tibet beauty pageant in hilltown for a full decade, the organisers have now shifted the controversial – still one of the most awaited annual Tibetan event out of Dharamsala.
Miss Tibet pageant-2013 will be held in Bylakuppe- the largest Tibetan settlement in the
state of Karnataka.
The pageant has been held for ten consecutive years in Dharamshala ever since it was started in 2002. Since most of the Tibetans in exile live in South India the organisers have decided shift the venue.
“It was deemed important to bring the pageant to south India so that people there can share and experience this,” said Lobsang Wangyal, the event’s director-producer adding that a large Tibetan population lives in South India but they have never seen the event.
With the shifting of the venue the timings of the event has also changed. Usually held in June the pageant next year will be held in February month.
“The event will be held from February 10 to 13. Weather in South India this time around is pleasant as compared to Dharamsala where the event was in mid – year,” said Wangyal.
Giving another reason for holding the event in starting of the 2013, Wangyal this is the time of Tibetan New Year- Losar.
“People gather in a large number especially in the settlement situated in South India to celebrate the occasion,” said Wangyal adding that even people settled in US and Europe also try to come to India taking a break from their business so it is the best time to organise the event in South India.
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