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     Evening Performances
     6:30 to 9:00 pm at IGNCA Amphitheatre

friday 5th march at 6.30 pm


‘Sacred Songs of Tibet’ (Sounds from Heaven)

by Kelsang Chukie Tethong accompanied by Tsewang Choeden & Pheruk Lhakp



Buddhist parables through song  from the 12th century  vividly illustrate thangka paintings to help the audience understand the teachings. Street songs are also a traditional form of expression particularly popular as a means of political and other commentary and are a good example of a bardic tradition, akin to that in medieval Europe. Tibetan singers are particularly known for their strong vocal abilities, which many attribute to the high altitudes of the Tibetan Plateau. 

Chukie brings to us this evening the strong traditions of her country which she has never visited. She was born in Nepal and raised in a musical family. Both she and her sister were chosen to join the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Dharmsala. After studying there for 11 years she became an acclaimed solo singer but decided to run a restaurant in Nepal and in Holland for the next nine years.

 However after her first live concert in Holland in 1996, she has taken up music full time and has performed solo in several live concerts in five countries in Europe as well as in Canada, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Malaysia,  Mexico and the U.S. She sang at the two Freedom Concerts organized by Milarepa Fund in New York in 1997 and in Washington, D.C., in 1998.In the same year, Chukie with her sister, Namgyal Lhamo, and friend, Topden Gyatso, founded the group Gangchenpa. The groups first recorded CD, Voices from Tibet, was released in 2000. She performed at many important Tibetan functions including the celebration of the 60th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s enthronement ceremony, in Dharmsala and the 50th Anniversary of His Assuming Temporal authority.



 friday 5th march at 8.00 pm

 “Music for Meditation” – A flute recital by Nawang Khechog

This is the background to Nawang Khechog’s music. It is not music just for entertainment. It is the music of the soul. It is the music of a monk who lived for 11 years as a hermit mediator under the direct spiritual guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is the music borne “of long, deep practice with natural acoustic genius to create hauntingly beautiful compositions   that  mix earthy Tibetan chants with ethereal horns”

This evening Nawang performs his original Tibetan spiritual  music, including numbers from his latest release ‘Tibetan Meditation Music’ which charted # 9 on Billboard and won Best Music of the year and Best world music from ‘Visionary Awards” (Denver, 2008). He will also perform from his new documentary film “Sounds of Tibet”

Nawang occupies a singular place in the Tibetan diaspora, as Dharma teacher, performer, practioner, as freedom fighter, documentary film maker and as the Michael Jordan of meditation. He fled Tibet at the age of 6 in 1959, studied and grew up and became a monk in India and since 1985 a musician and unofficial Musical Ambassador of Tibet to the western world. He aims to utilize music as a means to inspire non violence, compassion and spirituality and for the freedom of the Tibetan people. He has produced five albums and co produced albums with Kitaro, Peter Kater, R.Carlos Nakai (Native American Flutist), William Eaton ( designer of great Guitars) and Will Clipman (percussionist) They were nominated for the Grammy, Nammy (Native American music), ‘Record of the Year’, and ‘The Best Group of the Year’