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Gonpo Entertainment breaks concert record
Amaravati, India, 12 January 2006 Breaking its own record, Gonpo Entertainment leapt to organise the biggest Tibetan concert in exile. The concert in Bylakuppe in February 2005 was held to be the biggest until this one. It was held at one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites — Amaravati — in South India during the Kalachakra teachings by the Dalai Lama.
Some of the most celebrated Tibetan singers and currently much-sought-after young artistes were seen performing. The long-awaited concert by one of the pioneers in modern Tibetan music, Tawo Lobsang Palden from Germany, was completed during the show. He is known for the '80s famous album “Tinkhor”. The third in the series of “Tinkhor” is now out.
Nelung Tsering Topden, a veteran and well known artiste specialising in traditional Tibetan music residing in Switzerland, accompanied Tawo L.P. on stage.
Phurbu T. Namgyal from the US stole many more hearts yet again, presenting songs from his latest album “Chak sum tsel”. His new song “Go with me” is likely to become the song of the year. He became one of the most sought after young artistes after the release of his previous album “With me” last year.
Another young heartthrob singer Penpa Tsering, better known as Pemsi, from Dharamshala received much applause from the younger audience. He is the Tibetan answer to Nelly for his Tibetan R&B.
He has just released his debut album “Tashi Delek”, but on stage Tenzin Silnon surprised the audience by performing like a veteran.
Miss Tibet 2002 Dolma Tsering, who is pursuing a career as a singer, was another surprise for the audience. She is yet to bring out her album, but if one is to judge from her performance, she has a promising album coming out!
There were two more women artistes in the cue — Tsering Wangmo from US and Lhamo Dolma from Dharamshala. They both presented songs in the traditional genre.
Other attractions were Penpa Tsering of “Bhumo gyakpa” fame from Mussoorie, Techung from US, Lobsang Tsetan from Bangalore and other guest artistes.
The organisers extended the concert by a day from the original three-day programme due to huge public response. Tickets cost 50 rupees and the venue was overwhelmingly full every night. The organisers invited the devotees travelling from Tibet to be guests on the last extended day on the 11th.