South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Photography Exhibition and Documentary Screening

"Kokonor" is a documentary about the effects tourism is having on a small Tibetan community around the famous Lake Kokonor (Qinghai, P.R. of China). Lake Qinghai, an area that used to be known only as a sacred ground of Tibetan Buddhism, has now become the most famous tourist attraction in the west of China, bearing even some international recognition. By following a group of children that pose for tourists' pictures, the filmmaker documents how the influx of money, Chinese entrepreneurs and tou

Wed, October 8, 2008 | ACES connector corridor and Avaya Auditorium ACE 2.302

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Chenaktsang Dorje Tsering (Lce nag tshang Rdo rje Tshe ring) was born in Sog po (Henan) county in Qinghai province (People's Republic of China) in 1963. He is best known under the penname Jangbu (Ljang bu). He is of Mongolian nationality but writes in Tibetan. He is one of the most prominent of contemporary Tibetan writers. He is mostly known for his innovative free verse poetry and for short stories that have been label by some as "magic realist".

He graduated from the North-west Nationalities University in Lanzhou in 1988 and later became editor of the prestigious Tibetan journal Bod kyi rtsom rig sgyul rtsal (Tibet Literature and Art). In recent years he has been a Lecturer at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, where he has taught courses in Tibetan language and literature. He has directed and produced the Channel 4 documentary Tantric Yogi (2005), and he wrote the script for internationally acclaimed Tibetan-language feature film Hi ma la ya'i rgyal sras (Prince of the Himalayas, directed by Sherwood Hu in 2006), on which he also worked as assistant director. As a board member of the Austin-based non-profit organziation TALI (, Jangbu is actively engaged in a variety of activities to expand and improve education in Tibetan areas in the PRC, and to preserve Tibetan language and culture.

Rama Tiru has been a photographer for the last 30 years with expertise in commercial/industrial photography for many successful campaigns and companies in India. Her art photography evolved from her prowess in classic commercial photography and portraiture, and her technical expertise in Digital techniques. Her creative experimentation with a variety of lighting techniques and photography of specific installation themes has lead to breathtaking and unique visions of mundane objects. Rama’s philosophy and thinking processes are expressed clearly through the simple and rhythmic lines in her art. Her signature art pieces are saturated photographic images , painterly in effect. Her digital techniques have been honed over the last 15 years, are used to transform her own photographic images with digital painting and sometimes hand painting to create stunning collages. The resulting photo murals have been displayed in a variety of corporate buildings and hotel lobbies. Her more recent work is a breath-taking reflection of her adopted home, Central Texas. Her work, capturing the essence of small towns of Texas, juxtaposes the precious, yet fading past, with the ever changing present, to provide a grand visual history for the future. These images have inspired her collection of limited edition, surreal, archival pigment prints.

Rama’s involvement with the Central Texas art community began in 2000 when she established RT Gallery in the Guadalupe art center. Three years ago she established Tiru Gallery and Studio at the heart of Austin’s eclectic Guadalupe street. Rama’s gallery openings have been focused on helping local artists and non-profit organizations have a venue to share their art with the community. Her own work has been displayed in many venues around the world. She is proud to be on the Community Advisory Board of KLRU Austin Texas.

Sponsored by: Southwestern University and the South Asia Institute

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