Spice India Splendour Miss Tibet Pageant 2009: Swimwear tomorrow

By Rinchen

Miss Tibet Pageant 2009 contestants after training

The four contestants of Spice India Splendour Miss Tibet Pageant 2009 after one week of training. They are all ready to go for it!

With dreams in heart and ambitions to achieve the heights of excellence, four young and highly motivated Tibetan women arrived in Dharamshala, in north India, on 28 May.

Their journey towards winning the most coveted title in exile Tibetan history that recognises a Tibetan women in perfection, kicked off with a press conference at Lobsang's Studio on the 29th. What followed next was an intensive week of training and orientation, aimed at bringing out the best in each of the contestants.

A typical day of the pageantís contestants began with the practice of yoga. An update on the current affairs of the Tibetan polity by Tsering Choedup of International Tibet Support Network. Tenzin Norgay of Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy spoke on the human rights situation in Tibet . Tsering Yangkyi of Tesi Environment Awareness Movement (TEAM) briefed the young ladies about the environment and how the global warming affects the fragile eco-system on the roof of the world.

Geshe Jamphel Gyatso of Drepung Loseling monastery gave a discourse on Buddhism. Tenzin Wangdue of Sambhota Schools gave Tibetan linguistic training and calligraphy practice. Phuntsok Choephel of Choice (an AIDS awareness centre) spoke about AIDS/HIV situation in the Tibetan community. The one week training also included yoga sessions with Vijay, dance with Namkhang Lhamo and Tenzin Yangdon (Tipa artistes), walking skills taught by pageant director and assistant Passang Dolma, and, a session of belly dancing with Natasha Mendes from Brasil.

During the week the young ladies visited the premises of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Tibetan Children's Village School, Tsugla Khang temple and others.

Dolkar, one of the contestants from Dehradun had this to say, "The overall experience of this whole journey so far, had been quite enlightening and I learnt many new things. It is perhaps my karma that brought me here, and whether I win or lose, I will always remember this learning experience."

"To actually be a part of something as big as the Miss Tibet Pageant and represent Tibetan women in its substance, is one of the best things that happened to me and I have no regrets in coming here. This experience familiarised me with my limitations and my capabilities. Meeting new people and interacting with them taught me a lot," said, Yeshi Lhamo, a bright, young graduate of nursing.

Ngawang Choying from Darjeeling, the youngest contestant of the pageant said, "What I experienced throughout this pageant is probably worth more than even the prize money. Whether I win or lose, I will still be recognised by people wherever I go. And I will always try to spread the message of Miss Tibet Pageant, which is about spreading the beauty of Tibet and Tibetan women."

"This is something I always wanted to do since I was a child, and this pageant's experience and what I learnt from it will forever remain with me. I was able to come out of my shell and become more open. Learning the realities of current Tibet and the story of our people has inspired me to be an ideal citizen of Tibet." said, Tenzin Choezom, a young graduate from Tibetan Nehru Memorial Foundation School in Dehra Dun, aspiring to continue her further studies.

So continues, this marvelous voyage of young dreams and high aspirations. A journey made possible by a platform provided by Lobsang Wangyal Productions.

Unique in its inception and meaningful in its purpose, Miss Tibet Pageant is here to stay despite all odds.

The first round of the pageant — the Swimsuit round — will start tomorrow, 5 June, at Asia Health Resorts, at 1.00 p.m. Entry ticket will be 200 rs. The day two with — Talk and Talent rounds — will be held at Tipa on 6 June, starting at 7 p.m. Ticket 100 rs.

The finale with four rounds — Introduction, Evening gown, Traditional costume and Interview — will also be held at Tipa on Sunday, 7 June, starting at 7 p.m. Ticket 150 rs.

A lottery ticket will also be drawn on the finale night. The winner will have the opportunity to have a dinner with the new Miss Tibet. The dinner is sponsored by Restaurant Mc'llo. A lottery ticket is for 50 rs. Donít miss the opportunity!

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