The first-ever Tibetan music awards 2003
The winners are:
Best Love Song:
for Zepay Rinzin Wangmo
(A song from the first album released by TIPA in 1979)
(Album released in 198.)
Best New Traditional Song:
for Nga Chi la Thon yong
for Khyam po
Best Opera Singer:
(TIPA, Dharamsala, India)
Best Act from Tibet-in-exile:
(New York, US)
Best Act from Tibet:
Best Female Singer:
(TIPA, Dharamsala, India)
Best Male Singer:
Life Time Achievement Award:
(TIPA, Dharamsala, 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
for his relentless and unmatched
contributions towards the cause of Tibetan people,
world peace, environmental issues and
campaign against the spread of AIDS.
~ The Event ~
had been voted upon by the public from the 11th through the
20th of June 2003 online on this web site. The non-internet users were
intended to vote through the Tibet Times newspaper of the 10 June 2003
issue but, not a single legitimate vote was cast. However, we received
an overwhelming number of votes from the online voting.
Five artistes with the highest votes from each category were presented to a
grand jury, who decided the winners. The jury consisted of: Dhumkhang
Phuntshog Namgyal, a veteran Tibetan musician; Tsering Dolkar Yuthok,
a Tibet-born elder with strong ties to traditional Tibetan music and culture;
and Tsering Wangchuk, a Tibet-born journalist and now head of the audio
and visual section of Tibetan government-in-exile.
Music albums and soundtracks were the basis on which the public voted.
All the winners received a unique, bronze cast trophy, specially designed
by Pekar, symbolising Lhamo Yangchen ma (the Saraswati).
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The Finale Night
The First-ever Tibetan Music Awards concluded successfully on the 10 October
2003 at TIPA, Dharamsala. Loten Namling, Singer and political Cartoonist
from Switzerland; and, Sheri Winkelmann, a theatre artiste from the US compered
The night began with the lighting of the Free Spirit torches by Opera Master
Norbu Tsering and Ngawang Samdup, a dedicated member of Free Spirit Festival
Team. A few moments of fire works enhanced the beauty of the near-full
moon. All the artistes who participated in the event presented a song
in praise of Lhamo Yangchen ma. The lyrics was composed by the 17th Karmapa
and the score was composed by Jamyang Choeden, now living in U.S.A.
The Director of the event, Lobsang Wangyal, gave the Free Spirit Speech,
introduced the event and talked about other aspects of music such as:
freedom for artistes to perform, need of community's support for artistes,
fight against pirated tapes and CDs, etc.
Later all the artistes, who participated in the event were introduced.
All the participants got together in Dharamsala on 6 October 2003.
The rehearsals began from the 7th. The artistes were:
Dorjee Tsering, music teacher from Rajpur, India
Gonpo Dhondup from TIPA, Dharamsala
Gonpo Kyab from Aku Pema group in Dharamsala
Jamyang Yeshi from Aku Pema group in Dharamsala
Lhamo Dolma, Dharamsala
Loten Namling from Switzerland
Namgyal Choeyang, the Tamsang Singer from Bylakuppe
Pasang Dolma from TIPA, who won the Best Female Singer
Penpa Tsering, known for Bhumo Gyakpa, from Mussoorie
Phuntsok 59 of album 1959 from Nepal
Rinzin Palmo from Dharamsala
Tenzin Choegyal of Yeshi Norbu fame from Nepal
Tenzin Woser from Nepal of Tsam Tsam fame
Tenzin Dhundup from Nepal
Yangchen from Aku Pema group in Dharamsala
Gonpo Dhondup from TIPA sang a song representing all
the male singers in Tibet, and
Rinzin Palmo sang a song representing all
the female singers in Tibet.
The Best Love Song award was introduced as the night's first award.
The winner Thupten Samdup did the honour of receiving the award himself
and also sang the winning song: Zepay Rinzin Wangmo, astounding the audience
with his voice that was still as melodious as ever!
After the presentation of an award, one of the participants sang a song. Before
the conclusion of the event, the participants chanted the "The Words
of Truth" composed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Director presented
each participant with a certificate for their participation in the historical
event before a Sangsol (a ceremonial prayer ritual hailing victory to the gods)
Matteo Silva Cappelletti, President of Amiata Records
was the chief guest of the event. Amiata Records, an international record
label based in Florence, Italy, and New York, has awareness and understanding
of Tibet, its culture and especially young Tibetans. The company will
produce a compilation album of the winners' songs and distribute it worldwide.
The company will also produce an album of songs of Pasang Dolma, an artiste
Amiata Records donated 2500 USD for the event. The
company will also co-sponsor an edition of Free Spirit
Festival in Florence in Italy!