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Youth in Tibet crazy about Bollywood songs, kurta, sari

April 14, 2009

Achinta Borah
Press Trust of India
April 12, 2009

Lhasa, Apr 12 (PTI) India may be far from Tibet
but not Bollywood as its songs and stars are very
popular among the youths of this remote Himalayan
region who swear by the names of Shahrukh Khan and Ashwariya Rai.

The new generation Tibetan youth, who love to
dress in jeans, drink coca cola or go to a disco,
love to listen popular Hindi songs like "Pappu
can't dance saala" (Jane Tu Ya Jaane Na) or "It's
the time to disco.." (Kal Ho Na Ho) and wear kurta with capris.

"I love Hindi songs. I may not understand them
but I like the beats and rhythm. They are real
treat," said Sounag Gentsen, who works with the
Tibet Autonomous Region administration.

The DVDs and CDs of Bollywood movies and songs
are easily available in the music shops of
Lhasa's busy streets like North Nyngthan or
Barriku. Most of them are allegedly smuggled into
China through either Nepal or Hong Kong and are
available at a price between 10 to 20 Yuan (Rs 70 to Rs 140 range).

"The peppy Indian numbers just drive us crazy.
They have a fresh effervescence," said Dechu
Dekyi Chudrun, who is currently pursuing her
engineering degree in Sichuan province, said. PTI

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