Tibetan Music Awards 2003 10 October 2003, TIPA, Mcleod Ganj, India

The award statuette - Lhamo Yangchen ma (Saraswati)

The Winners of the first-ever Tibetan Music Awards

  • Best Love Song Zepay Rinzin Wangmo by Thupten Samdup Montreal, Canada (A song from the first album released by TIPA in 1979) [click for lyrics]
  • Best Album Rangzen Shonu (Album released in 1985) [click for lyrics]
  • Best New Traditional Song Losar by Techung California, US [click for lyrics]
  • Best Composition Nga Chi la Thon yong by Yadong Kham, Tibet [click for lyrics]
  • Best Lyrics Palgon by Aku Pema Amdo, Tibet [click for lyrics]
  • Best Fusion Khyam po by Yadong Kham, Tibet [click for lyrics]
  • Best Opera Singer Sonam Phuntsok TIPA, Dharamshala, India [click for lyrics]
  • Best Act from Tibet-in-exile Ngawang Choephel New York, US [click for lyrics]
  • Best Act from Tibet Karma Tendhar Lhasa, Tibet [click for lyrics]
  • Best Female Singer Pasang Dolma TIPA, Dharamshala, India [click for lyrics]
  • Best Male Singer Yadong Kham, Tibet [click for lyrics]
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Norbu Tsering TIPA, Dharamshala, India, Retired opera master
  • Free Spirit Award An award created in 2003 to honour and show appreciation for the works of artistes and supporters of Tibet working for the cause of Tibetan people. The first award was presented to Richard Gere for his relentless and unmatched contributions towards the cause of Tibetan people, world peace, environmental issues, and campaign against the spread of AIDS.

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