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Free Tashi Dhondup and Dhondup Wangchen Concert

Exile Tibetan artistes, from left: Dranyen Passang, Dorjee Tsering, Tsering Gyurmey and Techung

Exile Tibetan artistes, from left: Dranyen Passang, Dorjee Tsering, Tsering Gyurmey and Techung, perform in a concert campaigning for the release of singer Tashi Dhondup and filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, in Sarnath, India, on 15 January 2011. Photo credit: Sonam Tsering/LTWA

The Exile Tibetan Singers Association and several performers held a five-day concert from 11 to 15 January in Sarnath, India, on the sidelines of the teachings given by the Dalai Lama. The concerts provided music, fun and joy, as well as a sense of unity among the the devotees and fans who were gathered to receive the teachings. Performances were given with a sense of reverence to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The artists sang songs to entertain and to show appreciation for the Indian community and the audience from the Himalayan region. The concerts were covered by various local newspapers.

The five-day concert was organised by artist/producer Tenzin Gyalpo (aka Michael). It was co-sponsored by the group Youths for TNT. The concerts were aimed to bring attention to two Tibetan artists in Tibet -- Tashi Dhondup and filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen -- who are serving varying jail terms for expressing their views against the repressive policies of the Chinese government.

The artists gathered here are some of the most renowned Tibetan singers in exile. Several used the occasion to release their new albums.

Techung, based in the US, released "Semshae-Heart Songs," the first-ever Tibetan music album for children.

Tsering Gyurmey released "Trung Trung Karmo," an album of contemporary songs based on lyrics by the Sixth Dalai Lama. He released a second album which is in collaboration with Dranyen Passang titled "Rabsel Dawa", which is in praise and love songs.

Other albums released were Tenzin Gyalpo's "Tsering," an album of pop music filled with love and freedom songs, Chodak's "Lam Chung Chung," songs in praise of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and love songs, Sonam Gonpo's new DVD "Khong Gi Zetrin Woeser," and Dorjee Tsering's "Shera Tramo," an album of folk songs.

On the last day of the concert Miss Tibet 2010 Tenzin Norzom made a special appearance and spoke about the importance of the upcoming Tibetan election of Kalon Tripa (the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile). Norzom asked people to take an active part in election and urged people to vote in the final round on 20 March.

The audience was mainly made up of monks. All who attended the concerts showed keen interest in Tibetan music in exile and inside Tibet, and gave their support to its revival.

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