The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is one of the pioneering cultural institutes established through the vision of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The institute was founded on 11th August 1959, registered under the society Act XXI of 1860 Government of India. Based in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (India), the institute aims to preserve and promote Tibetan musical heritage and associated arts.

Classified as one of the key components of the traditional “five minor sciences”(Rik ne Chungwa Nga), dance and music are integral parts of Tibetan culture and tradition. The lessons and training provided at the institute include the comprehensive and undiluted transmission of traditional folk dance from Tibet’s three provinces of Dotoe, Domed and Utsang. The institute also carries forth the lesson and training in the tradition of Ache Lhamo or Tibetan opera. Furthermore, the students are also taught in traditional folk instruments and songs from Tibet’s different region. Highly trained and polished, the professional artistes of the institute serve as cultural ambassadors of Tibetan diaspora.

Effectively functioning as a semi autonomous entity, the academy is presided over by the Department of Region and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration.



Recruitment of six male and six female trainees of 2020 will resume. Interested applicants are requested to contact the office for further details and read the criteria and process of…


A short drama-documentary “our vote, our future” was released on October 2020 for public viewing. The purpose behind the creation is to bring and spread awareness on upcoming 2021 Sikyong…

50th anniversary of TYC

The artiste performed ceremonial song and dances on the 50th Anniversary of Tibetan Youth Congress on 7th October 2020. The official function was observed in TIPA auditorium with limited guest…

Orientation of new artistees

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TIPA has selected eleven new students to undergo rigorous training to become senior Artiste. There are 5 Male and 6 Female this year. The selection was done during the tour…