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Tashi Norbu is a Tibetan contemporary artist, born 1974 in Bhutan. He has been educated and graduated in (1999) as a traditional Tibetan Thangka painter in Dharamsala, India. In 2000 he went to Belgium to study visual arts at the Saint Lucas Art Academy in Ghent. Since 2007 he lives and works in Holland as contemporary artist. Since 2010 he has his own art studio "9 Pillars" in Wormer, a village close to Amsterdam. In 2008 Tashi Norbu co- founded Tibet House Holland for Tibetan Art and Culture. In co-operation with the international Tibetan Art Movement Foundation he organized in 2009 the Tibet Art Now exhibition in Amsterdam. The art work of Tashi Norbu is exhibited in and represented by the Wereldmuseum (Museum of Ethnographic Art) in Rotterdam. Some art works are in consignation at Kunstencentrum Zaandam (Art Centre, gallery), Tibet House New York and Huis van Alijn (museum) in Ghent, Belgium. Besides that, the art works are showed on several national and international art fairs His most recent exhibitions were in Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands ( March 21th - April 6th 2014) and in Tibet House U.S. New York (March 14th- May 19th 2014). To know more about Tashi Norbu Visit www.tashinorbu.com.
Seldon is the first Tibetan to be awarded the Truman scholarship. Additionally, she is the recipient of fellowships such as the Haas Summer Fellowship to incorporate critical thinking and public speaking into a refugee school in India and the Stanford Major Grant to pursue research in honors thesis. Seldon has graduated with Phi Beta Kappa, high academic distinction in the Department of Comparative Studies with a focus in education and global justice at Stanford University. Tenzin Seldon is currently serving as an Executive and Co-Founder of Climate Justice League, working alongside top youth leaders and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson as the foremost group of prominent women leaders concerned with climate issues. Seldon is a co-producer of the documentary, ‘State of Control,’ which will premiere in the United NationsFilmFestival. She has recently been recruited in the Department of Information and International Relations, CTA, as a Research Associate. She has also worked as Coordinator to President Obama’s Interfaith Challenge to foster and emphasize interfaith understanding among peers as well as a Fellow at CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education), initially funded and supported by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to promote the pedagogy and scientific study of compassion. She has organized numerous meaningful discussions with Chinese students on and off campus, including a notable dialogue with the Dalai Lama in 2010.
Freelance Hair Stylist
My name is Pema Choedon. I am a freelance hairstylist based in Delhi. I was brought up in Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh) I have done my schooling from CST Sonada and Kalimpong. Although I was not a bright student as far as conventional subjects were concerned. I had ample opportunities to perform my creativity and my artistic skills at these two institutions. I am very much into painting n dancing. I enrolled myself for a three-months hair dressing and styling course. While doing these courses, I also learnt to do nail art, tattoos, body painting and styling. After completing my courses, I joined my mentor who is a make-up artist and started freelancing. Through him, I had the opportunity to work for many acclaimed photographers and popular models. I have also done projects and advertisements with brands like Lilliput and Reebok. My latest profile was a body painting which was featured prominently at the Wills India Fashion Week ’08. I have worked with Indian actresses like Neha Dupiya , Minissha Lamba and Indian criketer Yuvraj Singh etc. My works were featured recently in magazines like Mens Health, Cosmopolitan, Femina, Maxim, Haper Bazaar and FNL. I felt my career as a stylist had a good start and I intend to scale greater heights and make a name for myself in this profession. I can say that I am very much happy with the things I am doing. I have also participated in Tibet festival which was held at Sikkim in 2009. The responses I got there was overwhelming. I got an opportunity to show my talent and share information on this profession with younger Tibetans. Through-out my schooling years and during my initial months at Delhi, I received ample financial assistance from the Tibetan Government in Exile and my sponsor. Without such assistance, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to pursue my interests in the field of my choice. I would remain indebted forever to the exile government and my sponsor. Some of my works:
Filmmaker & Journalist
Kalsang Rinchen is a Filmmaker and journalist. An alumnus of Tibetan Children's Village, Dharamsala, he currently works as the Chief Editor of Phayul.com, an English-language news site created in 2001 by a young Tibetan in exile and run by Tibetans in India. He finished BA in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad and completed Masters in Communication Studies from MS University, Baroda. Prior to working with Phayul.com, he studied film and media production under the Tibetan Scholarship Program for two years at the UB, SUNY at Buffalo. He worked with Department of Information and International Relations, CTA for five and half years. He has also worked as the Editor of Tibet.net, the official website of the Tibetan government in exile. In 2008, Kalsang made a documentary film ‘Phantoms of Chittagong’ on Special Frontier Force in India as a dissertation thesis for his degree in media production. He also runs his own film production company by the name of Loma Films.
Dekyi Yangtso Chawla
Dekyi Yangtso Chawla (nee Khangsar) believes in the adage ‘Focus breeds excellence’, which she practices in her daily life, both at work and at home. Born and brought up in Bangalore with strong Tibetan values and traditions, her parents ensured she also received the best of education and competed head on with her Indian contemporaries. She graduated with a Bachelors in Commerce and Post graduate in Business Management from Bangalore University and Masters in International Business from the prestigious ‘National University of Singapore’, Singapore. She has a vast corporate experience spanning over 10 years with companies such as Visa International and Hewlett Packard, in the Business Development and Human Resources domain. Later in her quest to hone her entrepreneurial skills, she co-founded the company Reward360. Reward360 is India’s leading Loyalty Technology and Solutions company specializing in Loyalty and rewards management for almost all the Banks, Financial companies and other MNC’s across the country. Dekyi is now a proud head of a company with over 120 employees and counting. ( www.reward360.co ) Her involvement with the Global Tibetans Professional Network, has encouraged her to hire Tibetan employees and give internships to several Tibetan students and graduates. On a regular basis she trains young Tibetans on how to face interviews and giving them job opportunities. She was also Secretary of the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society during the years 2000-2002. Dekyi advises that one must believe that our dreams will come true! It is important to visualize it because you are never given a wish without also given the power to make it true! So be ready to work hard and reach for the skies!
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