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Exploring Exciting Texts 2.0

July 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tracing the History of Tibet Through Personal Narratives


Entry is Free

About the Event:
A nation under occupation is subject to dominance over its archives. Its history is controlled by the occupier, who dictates what is lost and what survives. How is Tibetan histroy and the history of Tibetan people written? In a political environment of exile and resistance, the archives are controlled by those in power. How does history survive the oppression and where are the archives? How will future generations of Tibetans understand their history?

Invited as guest speaker is the distinguished and gifted Tenzin Tsundue. Tenzin Tsundue was born to a Tibetan refugee family in India. He is a Tibetan writer and activist. The author of four books of poetry and stories has won the first ever Picador-Outlook Non-Fiction Contest 2002. He is now working on his fifth, a book of Tibetan refugee stories. Tsundue solely lives off his writing by selling his self-published books. Tsundue wears a red bandana as a symbol of his childhood pledge that he would work every single day until Tibet regains its independence. He lives in a rented room in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, North India.

About the Programme:
Exploring Exciting Texts, that began in 2017, is a series of monthly events hosted by Indian Ensemble with the aim to academically engage with various kinds of texts. Over 20 events, the series has developed a regular audience base of people who are curious and want to engage in discussion and debate. There is always an eclectic mix of people ranging from students, art practitioners, academicians, and young professionals.

Exploring Exciting Texts 2.0 over the next six months will look at histories and the archives. It looks at history as a collage of events that have been selected by people from whose perspective of the world is thus recorded, with their choices of what to include and exclude implicitly having the power to uplift and silence.

1. If one’s history isn’t recorded, did they ever exist?
2. How do bias and privilege create gaps in history making?
3. What are the other forms of documentation outside archives?
4. How do communities of different political histories perceive their absence in the memory of mainstream history?


July 27, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Bangalore International Center

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