Last week on 12th May an Exhibition-cum-Workshop was held at the Conference Hall, School of Humanities, organized under the Department of Hindi IoE Project “An Outline of Tibetan Literary Sources” on the topic of ‘An Introduction to Tibet: Tibetan Language and Herbal Medicine’. The event aimed to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of Tibet’s rich cultural heritage, focusing specifically on the Tibetan language and traditional herbal medicine practices.

This workshop began with an introductory session on History of Tibet with special guest and session chaired by  Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. R.S. Sarraju, Head, Department of Hindi, Prof. Gajendra Kumar Pathak, Dr. M.N. Rajesh, Doctors of Men-Tsee-Khang Dr. Ngawang Yeshi, Dr. Paldon and their team members Ms. Kalsang, Mr. Sonam Tashi, Mr. Younten, Mr. Tashi Tsering along with Tibetan language resource person Mr. Tsering Dhondup graced this workshop.

The Tibetan Language Section showcased the beauty and intricacy of the Tibetan language and Devanagari Scripts by Tsering Dhondup. It featured informative displays, interactive activities, and visual aids to engage participants in the learning process. Students were introduced to the Tibetan alphabet, grammar, and basic conversational phrases through engaging demonstrations and language workshops. The section also included a calligraphy station where attendees could try their hand at writing Tibetan script.

The Herbal Medicine Section focused on the traditional healing practices of Tibet. It provided a comprehensive overview of Tibetan herbal medicine, highlighting the importance of natural remedies and holistic healing. The section featured various herbs and medicinal plants native to Tibet, along with detailed explanations of their properties and applications. Visitors had the opportunity to witness live demonstrations of herbal medicine preparation and were given practical insights into the benefits of Tibetan medicine for maintaining health and wellness. The herbal medicine doctors conducted a free health checkup for faculties and students. Along with this a book exhibition was organized where people benefitted with an opportunity to know about the books on Tibet.

The Exhibition-cum-Workshop received an enthusiastic response from participants, including students, scholars, researchers, and individuals interested in Tibetan culture. The interactive nature of the event allowed attendees to actively engage in learning activities and deepen their understanding of Tibet’s language and herbal medicine practices. Visitors had the opportunity to ask questions, seek personalized guidance, and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Tibet. The Exhibition-cum-Workshop successfully achieved its objective of promoting awareness and understanding of Tibet’s cultural traditions.

The event provided participants with valuable insights into the Tibetan language and traditional herbal medicine practices. By fostering cross-cultural exchange and appreciation, the initiative played a significant role in preserving and promoting the rich heritage of Tibet. The Exhibition-cum-Workshop was anchored by project researchers Setu Kumar Verma and Suman Kumari. The event concluded with a note of gratitude by Dr Bhim Singh (Principal Investigator) to the organizers, guest speakers, participants, and sponsors who contributed to the success of the Exhibition-cum-Workshop. It is hoped that such initiatives will continue to promote cultural diversity and enhance global understanding of the Tibetan language and traditional healing practices for years to come.