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Prakash: Shedding Light on Tibetan Literature and Culture

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Prakash: Shedding Light on Tibetan Literature and Culture

Guwahati: Prakash, the acclaimed Assamese literary monthly magazine,
came with a special issue on Tibetan (refugee) literature and
culture mesmerizing its keen readers who otherwise would never have
experienced the literary taste of neighboring Tibet (pronounced as
Tibbat in Assamese), which was occupied by the Chinese communists
regime in Beijing for decades.

Published by Pramod Kalita, Secretary of the Publication Board Assam, a
literary institution established and run by the government of Assam since 2
May 1958 in Bamunimaidan in the city, the impressive number of July 2022
of Prakash (light literary meaning, expression, manifestation, etc.)
includes a number of Tibetan literary pieces which are translated
in Assamese by a group of dedicated writers, a unique initiative
never seen in any Indian regional literary magazine.

Literary piece written by the famous Tibetan writer Tenzin Chundu,
which was translated by a popular Assamese film writer and critic
Utpal Dutta, interview with Tibetan literature scholar Robert Barnet
(translated by Vivekananda Choudhury) and an article on Tibetans
literary criticism by veteran Tibetan writer Tenzin Dicki
& translator (translated by Jintu Geetartha), etc. attracted the
the reader’s attention.

In addition, a literary essay on contemporary Tibetan literature writes
by Priyanka D’Roserio and Dr. Shunil Kr Mishra (translated by Dr.
Deepshikha Bhagawati), a Tibetan story written by Pema Bhum, a well
well-known Tibetan author based in the United States (translated by Juri Dutta) and a
number of selected Tibetan poems (translated by Dr. Dikshita Bhuyan,
Dr Simi Barman and Geet Baibhavi) also enriched the July issue of
Prakache.

Editor-in-chief Mihir Deuri, while talking to this correspondent, recounted
that Tibetan literature has been referred to literature written in
Tibetan language or derived from Tibetan popular culture. In addition,
the same term also applies to a literary work by an ethnic Tibetan.
Current issue highlighted Tibetan literature and culture
as well as his society and his politics which he hopes to provide the
readers a fair idea of ​​Tibet and its precious literature.

Tibetan was once recognized as a trans-regional literary language
which spread from Tibet to Mongolia, Russia, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan
and India. After the sovereign land, located in the Himalayan dwelling
the highest peak covered by glaciers in the world, Mount Everest and many Asian rivers
including the Brahmaputra (the lifeline of Assam), was gradually occupied
by the Chinese administration since 1949, the days of misfortune have begun for
Tibetan literature and its culture, strongly influenced by
Tibetan Buddhism.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet’s highest spiritual leader, who together with
his helpers escaped Chinese persecution reaching Arunachal Pradesh
in 1959, still sticks to the requirement of true autonomy so that
Tibetan literature and culture can be preserved, even if the Nobel Prize
Peace laureate morally agreed to accept China as their country. Of
his seat of exile at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, the most
influential Tibetan leader has repeatedly asked Beijing
administration to ensure that Tibetan literature and culture do not
be hurt.

According to history, the Tibetan capital of Lhasa continued to
being an autonomous region until 1951, but slowly the whole country was
seized by the Han Chinese and annexed to the People’s Republic
from China. Modern Tibetan literature is often influenced by Chinese
and Indian literature. Needless to mention that the first Tibetan
national writers conference was hosted by India in 1995, where a
number of freedom-seeking Tibetan English writers together.

About the author of the article


Souman Munshi

Founding editor of IBG NEWS (15/March/2012- 09/August/2018). 2018 Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award Recipient. 2011 National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks Jury and Public Poll Winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT, LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP (USA & UK), BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in digital and IT industry with global multinationals has worked and traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh and many other countries. Education and training advance R&D management and technology from India, USA, UK and Australia. More than 30 certifications from world leaders in R&D and education. Computer science teacher, IT and LIMS expert with a large following of fans in his community. Secretary General of West Bengal State Committee of All India Journalists Association


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