Photo exibition on Buddhist heitage sites of India held.
Aphoto exhibition on the Buddhist heritage sites of India was held at the Gyelyong Tshokhang last Thursday. The exhibition which was jointly inaugurated by the Dy. speaker Chimi Dorji of the national assembly and the ambassador of India to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale. It was attended by members of parliament and cabinet ministers and other visitors.
A total of 30 photos showcasing various Buddhist heritage sites in India were displayed at the exhibition which was jointly organized by the National Assembly, Embassy of India and the Nehru-Wangchuck cultural center.
Speaking at the exhibi- tion, the Dy. speaker said that the photo exhibition reminds about the cultural knot which ties India and Bhutan together. He also expressed hopes that the cultural cooperation between Bhutan and India would further strengthen in future.
The Indian ambassador said that he was privileged to travel with Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay to India in January this year where a visit to some of the important Buddhist sites was made.
“We travelled to Sarnath, Bodhgaya and Nalanda. The visit to these holy sites impacted me greatly and led to the realization of the immense civilizational heritage that India and Bhutan share. It was during that trip to India that the idea of doing this Exhibition germinated in my mind. What we have attempted to capture in the Photo Exhibition are the many places in India, beyond those I mentioned earlier, where we have Buddhist monuments and stupas. These Buddhist sites in India have been documented by Mr. Benoy Behl, who is considered one of the foremost Indian experts on this subject. The Photo Exhibition is from Mr. Behl’s vast collection of material on Buddhist archaeological sites in India.” the ambassador added.
The reason for choosing this photo exhibition in the National Assembly is to encourage the parliamentarians to visit these places in India where the joint heritage remains alive and well.
The Indian Embassy in Thimphu intends to make this as a travelling exhibition which will be taken to different locations in Bhutan so that many people as possible can share the joy of these wonderful photographs.