Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will visit the festival, a Central Tibetan Administration spokesperson said.

Arunachal Pradesh Tourism and Rural Works Development Minister Pema Khandu, who is also the chairman of the festival organizing committee, will accompany the spiritual leader, the spokesperson said.

The five-day festival will showcase a photo exhibition 'Tibet: A long look homeward', traditional Tibetan dances by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, documentary films, talks and seminars.

"Through the festival, we hope to bring Tibet closer to the minds of the people of the northeast, including the Assamese people," said Karma Yeshi, Tibetan Parliamentarian and a member of the organizing committee of the festival.

Visitors can appreciate the Tibetan traditional 'thangka' paintings drawn by Tibetan artists, savour Tibetan cuisine, watch monks creating sand 'mandalas' and butter sculpture, and Tibetan woodcraft. They can also buy traditional Tibetan handicraft products made by refugees.

The Dalai Lama has been living in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. The Tibetan exile administration is based in this northern Indian hill town in Himachal Pradesh.

(Agencies)

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