By Suresh Khatta | Daily Post India
DHARAMSHALA, India, 24 September 2012
Keeping a low profile due to the spate of self-immolations inside Tibet, the organisers of the Miss Tibet pageant have now decided to organise Miss Himalaya Pageant at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts at McLeodganj in upper Dharamshala. The pageant will begin in the first week of October and final round will be held on October 13.
Girls belonging to Himalayan states from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the east are eligible to take part, and those who hail from Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet can also participate.
Confirming that the pageant show is being organised by Lobsang Wangyal Productions, its director Lobsang Wangyal said, “The main theme of the contest is spreading message of peace and environment. The event, which is being held for the first time, is aimed to provide a platform for young women from the entire Himalayan region to promote its culture and preserve environment.” The contest would highlight cultures and nature of the Himalayan region, he added.
“Young women from all Himalayan cultures spanning from Ladakh in the north-west to Arunachal Pradesh in the east will be welcome to participate in the event. Girls from all ethnic groups such as Ladakhi, Lahaul and Spiti, Tibetan, Nepalese, Tamang, Gurung, Sherpa, Sikkimese, Bhutia, Lepcha, Bhutanese, Monpas, will be eligible,” said Lobsang.
When asked how this contest will help in solving the vexed issue of Tibet, he said the exiled community living in India after China captured Tibet would debate about saving and preserving the Himalayan environment, particularly that of Tibet where it is being plundered.
“The world community will come to know what is happening in Tibet and the exiled community will come to some conclusion,” he exuded confidence.
Lobsang said those who want to take part in the contest should be born to parents of Himalayan cultural background and of 17 years to 25 years of age with minimum 165 cm height. A nominal entry fee of Rs 2,500 had been kept, he added.
Wangyal Productions, which also holds the Miss Tibet contest every year, had deferred the same because of self-immolations by the Tibetans inside Tibet this year to show solidarity with those who laid down their lives for the cause of Tibet. Miss Tibet pageant remained a successful event throughout and has been held for the last ten years.