Dawa, 12, must almost pinch herself to make sure it isn’t a dream. She is to perform in front of thousands of people and Tibet’s highest leader, the Dalai Lama.
The 7th of July is an important day for Tibetans across the world; it is the Dalai Lama’s birthday. In Dharamsala they celebrate with a big dance and music festival outside the temple. It is a great honour for a school pupil to be one of the artists. But Dawa isn’t nervous. She has practised every day after school for weeks.
Above the guests and musicians the organizers have hung enormous pieces of cloth with the Tibetan symbol for good fortune in black on yellow. When Dawa’s group begins to play and dance they are dazzled by flashing lights; photographers from all over the world have come to film and take pictures of the Dalai Lama. The young musicians get massive applause, and Dawa sees the Dalai Lama waving to them as they leave the stage.
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