Tibetan Restaurant Culture: Origins and Evolution

The Russian explorer Nikolay Przhevalsky in 1878 described Lhasa as the “Rome of Asia” We know that since time immemorial, an unending stream of pilgrims, mendicant and merchants flocked to that city particularly during the period of the New Year and the Monlam festival. Early accounts even refer to Armenians, Pebouns (Newari), Casimiris (Muslims), Mongols, Chinese …

Resurrecting a Lost Homeland

A review of the film:BRINGING TIBET HOME (2014)Directed by Tenzin Tseten Choglay,Produced by Tenzing Rigdol and Tenzin Tseten Choglay Tenzing Rigdol laying out his “Soil Installation” at TCV on Oct 25, 2011 For a shoe-string budget film, Bringing Tibet Home is surprisingly rich and multi-layered. The basic story concerns a “site-specific” art installation of a …

A Cup of Tea And a Slice of Art, Please

Sweet Tea House artists in 1985. Gonkar Gyatso is fourth from left. Emerging from the aftershocks, debris and trauma of the Cultural Revolution a loose-knit group of young Lhasa artists in the early and mid-eighties decided to come together to better utilize their individual creativity and to promote their own works. They joking called themselves …