The 17th birthday of Panchen Lama,Gendun Choekyi Nyima was celebrated with mixed feelings by the Tibetans in Dharamsala today. It is reported that to mark the day, the Dharamsala based NGO's, organised various funtions basically highlighting the continuous detention of 11th Panchen Lama,the child recognized by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of 10th Panchen Lama and need to work for his immediate release.
It is also reported that a public service organisation called Panchen Erdeni organised a one day seminar,wherein the Kalon Tripa who was invited as chief guest spoke about the contact between China and Dharamsala regarding the search and recognition of the 11th Panchen Lama in 1994. The Kalon Tripa also said that campaign should be mounted for the immediate release of Panchen Lama. Later a Prayer ceremony and music concert was held to mark the day.