Meeting With Tibetan Artists in Exile-བཙན་འབྱོལ་ནང་སྒྱུ་རྩལ་བ་ངོ་ཐུག་དང་ཁོང་ཚོའི་ལོ་རྒྱུས།

A teaser for a future web series.

As I travel around the world doing my music, I come across Tibetan musicians and artists, most of whom were member of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). There are others who are artists in their own rights and also there are individuals who have contributed to shape the world of Tibetan performing arts in exile. It is my intention to video interview their life stories and maintain a video record of them in an online archive.

When our elders first arrived in exile in 1959, a group of Amdowas started the Amdo Dhogar, or the Performing troupe of Amdo in Kalimpong. The founder of this troupe was a charismatic individual named Gungdang Tsultrim. The next troupe that started was the current TIPA which didn’t have a name but after moving to Dharamsala they name the organization “Tibetan Dance and Drama Society”. Between these two groups, mainly the latter, many young artists were trained and were sent to teach in various Tibetan schools throughout India. It can be roughly estimated that there are about one thousand artists that came from these two schools and have shaped the artistic landscape of exile Tibetan community.

As I start this project, in my own phase, many elder folk and traditional artists in addition to artists from the above mentioned organizations have passed away and their stories are gone.

It is my hope and intention to remember and honor these elders and not let their contributions be forgotten. It will be an inspiring story to me and to future generations. I will start with a short web serioes of each artist, accessible to the public. I would like to keep this as an open source and encourage fans to contribute to this project, if you feel compelled to document a story of an artist is your area. If you are interested, please write to me and I will send you a questionnaire and it is my hope that contributions by the public will make this project become more valuable.

This teaser video was an effort put together by my friends in Montreal. I want to thank Eva Cirnu for video shooting and editing this teaser, Dominik Czartoryski for assisting the shoot, Om restaurant for their space to video shoot and the Tibetan community for participating in this project.

If you like to contribute to this and other projects of preservation of Tibetan music , please do so on this link: Tibetan Music Preservation
Tashi Delek!


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