Organiser clueless about low turnout at Tibetan Music Awards 2009
Phayul[Sunday, October 11, 2009 18:47]
TIPA picks up two awards out of three different nominations at the 2009 Tibetan Music Awards ceremony

By Phurbu Thinley

Kelsang Chukie Tethong lifts the trophy after winning the Best Spiritual/Devotional award during the Fourth Tibetan Music Awards 2009 in Mcleod Ganj, India, Saturday, 10 October, 2009. Katrina Hourani (R), a long time American supporter of the Tibetan cause, presented the award to Chukie.
Kelsang Chukie Tethong lifts the trophy after winning the Best Spiritual/Devotional award during the Fourth Tibetan Music Awards 2009 in Mcleod Ganj, India, Saturday, 10 October, 2009. Katrina Hourani (R), a long time American supporter of the Tibetan cause, presented the award to Chukie.
Dharamsala, October 11: As usual Lobsang Wangyal Productions’ Tibetan Music Awards 2009 on Saturday night at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) turned out to be a lively and entertaining event, but for only a handful of people who showed up for the ceremony.

Not more than 100 tickets were sold for the 500-seat capacity of the TIPA hall, of them a sizeable number were visiting foreign tourists.

The event director Mr Lobsag Wangyal was “absolutely clueless” about the low audience turnout for otherwise one of the most happening shows of his production unit.

“I don’t know why, may be because of too many events and shows going on here around this time,” bemused Lobsang told Phayul after the Saturday night award ceremony.

October in Dharamsala, the administrative capital of the Tibetan exiles, is always packed with series of events, and already a string of shows have already taken place here with many more in store.

“As I always say- the show must go on no matter what. After all it turned out to be a wonderful evening for those who made it,” Lobsang added.

The Tibetan Music Awards 2009 ceremony saw awards in 16 different categories going to an array of Tibetan artistes from around the world, including Tibet. The winners, the organizers say, were finalised solely through online public voting on its official website.

The most coveted “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to Ugyen Choedon, a retired Tibetan dance and music teacher at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamshala, India. The 63-year old Choedon was named for the award for dedicating her life to traditional Tibetan music. Born in Tibet, she took informal lessons in Tibetan music and dance before escaping into India in 1960. In India, she joined Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and served as its music teacher for several years. She later joined TCV School and served as its music and dance teacher for 35 years before finally retiring.

Sherten from Tibet and Rigzin Palmo of USA won the best Male and Female singers respectively. TIPA bagged two awards- Best Album for its “Yarkyi 2009” and Best Song for its “10 March” of Gyalu Group.

Chthonic Band of Taiwan was awarded the Best International Artiste for Tibet for the group’s Free Tibet Concert performed in Taipei recently.

Kelsang Chukie Tethong lifts the trophy after winning the Best Spiritual/Devotional award during the Fourth Tibetan Music Awards 2009 in Mcleod Ganj, India, Saturday, 10 October, 2009. Katrina Hourani (L), an American long time supporter of the Tibetan cause, presented the award to Chukie.
Kelsang Chukie Tethong lifts the trophy after winning the Best Spiritual/Devotional award during the Fourth Tibetan Music Awards 2009 in Mcleod Ganj, India, Saturday, 10 October, 2009. Katrina Hourani (L), an American long time supporter of the Tibetan cause, presented the award to Chukie.
Most of the award winners were not present at the award ceremony. Tibetan and non-Tibetan artistes, including Kelsang Chukie Tethong, who took the Best Spiritual/Devotional Album award for her “A Woman's Spiritual Chants” (India); Norbu Samphel (TIPA, India), nominated for Best male singer; Dorjee Tsering, winner of Best Traditional Artiste (India), Tenzin Dawa, Yugang Jamyang Tashi, Phil Void from the US, Maura Moynihan from the US, Katherine Philp from Australia, and Russell Tappan Hawkey and Amalia, who won Best International Artiste for Tibet in 2007, both from the US, participated in the award ceremony and presented life performances.

The winners were awarded a brass cast trophy symbolising Lhamo Yangchen Ma, the goddess of knowledge, art and music. New York-based Laughing Buddha Music is the official record label of the Tibetan Music Awards 2009.

Winners of the Tibetan Music Awards 2009

• Best Male Singer: Sherten (Tibet)
• Best Female Singer: Rigzin Palmo (US)
• Best Album: TIPA for Yarkyi 2009 (India)
• Best Lyrics: Lhamo Kyab (from Phurbu T Namgyal's album Jelyong) for Ser Rhi Le Nyima Shar Dao (France)
• Best Song: 10 March for Gyalu Group TIPA (India)
• Best opera singer: Tenzin Lhundup from Mundgod Lhamo group (India)
• Best Traditional Artiste: Dorjee Tsering (India)
• Best Spiritual/Devotional Album: Kelsang Chukie Tethong for A Woman's Spiritual Chants (India)
• Best Love Song: Techung for Yitok (US)
• Best Fusion: Tenzin Choegyal for Dawey Wola (Australia)
• Best Debut Album: Tsering Kalden for Bhumo Ngayi (Switzerland)
• Best Lu Singer: Karjam Saeji (US)
• Best Album Cover: Jamyang Yeshi for Shining Spirit (Canada)
• Best Music Video: Namgyal Lhamo for Paradise Lost (The Netherlands)
• Best International Artiste for Tibet: Chthonic Band for Free Tibet Concert in Taipei (Taiwan)

Click Here to see the list of Nominees

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