The students of class VIII presenting their poem. (Photo: Gen Ngawang Tseten)

13th April 2015: The first Middle section Tibetan poetry recitation was held in Phuntsok Deshe hall at 7 pm. The program was initiated by the Tibetan Department, Senior Section and was attended by the staff members and the students of class X and below. This poetry recitation was dedicated to the year of gratitude for His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama.

The host of the evening, Mr. Choegyal Tashi la, a senior Tibetan Language teacher of the school welcomed everyone and explained the rules and regulation both for the participants as well as for the members on the floor for the show to go smoothly. Soon, he called the classes, 11 different groups one by one on the stage.

All the poems recited by the classes were either the immortal lines from our rich Tibetan culture and text such as Thirty seven practices of Boddhichitta, Eight verse mind training or some poems and tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. One of the classes recited the famous poem of the young Tibetan poet, Dhoundup Gyal titled “Waterfall”.

When all the classes recited their poems, three of the students from the floor grabbed the opportunity and presented their own poetry. After that, Mr. Ngawang Thupten la, Assistant Headmaster was called and asked to do the honour in presenting the prize and scarf to the first position. Out of 11 classes that participated, class VIII came out as the winner of this elementary Tibetan Poetry Recitation contest for the year 2015.