Tibetan Music Awards 2013 concludes in McLeod Ganj
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 15 October 2013 Tibetan Music Awards 2013 concluded successfully on Saturday night, and awards in 15 different categories were given. A crowd of over 100 witnessed the modest event at the Tibetan Day school in McLeod Ganj.
Norbu Samphel from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), and Passang Lhamo, ex-artiste of TIPA and now living in Toronto, won the Best Male and Best Female Singers respectively. The Best Album category was taken by Techung, who got four awards in all, including winning the Best Song category.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Lodoe from Bylakuppe Lhamo Troupe. Lodoe, 82, has been performing Lhamo (Tibetan opera) in the group since its inception in the 70s.
Laughing Buddha Records was given a Special Recognition award for its contribution towards Tibetan music. The company, based in New York, was the main sponsor of the Tibetan Music Awards 2013.
The show opened with Geshe Thupten Kunkhen chanting a prayer in multi-phonic sound, reverberating the hall. Director Lobsang Wangyal after giving his opening remarks, hosted the event. Co-sponsor HITA Agency's representative Tsering Dikyi came on stage to introduce their newly-established music company.
Narkyid Ngawang Thondop, the official biographer of the Dalai Lama, was the chief guest of the event. Other guests included Tibetan Youth Congress President Tenzing Jigme, Thangtong Lugar Director Phuntsok Tsering.