Photo ex­i­bi­tion on Bud­dhist heitage sites of In­dia held.

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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.

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