Ngawang Lodup & Tenzin Pakdon in Concert
June 8 @ 7:00 pm£10.00
Ngawang Lodup is a well-known Tibetan mountain and folk singer, a genius for singing Traditional Tibetan nomadic ballads and contemporary folk songs on electric Mandolin and Dramnyen lute. He was born and bred in Amdo region of Tibet, north-eastern corner of the Tibetan high Plateau, a harsh yet beautiful environment.
From his early childhood, Ngawang learnt his unique repertoire of mountain songs by listening to his mother singing while tending yak and sheep herds. Music became a crucial element of his everyday life especially when his brothers instructed him in the ancient art of the Dramnyen six-string lute. As he grew older, he also learnt to play Mandolin and electric Mandolin subsequently both during his five-years as a monk in a Buddhist Monastery.
Ngawang came to the UK in 2004 and over last decade has been performing across Europe and the UK. He has performed at the O2 arena for His Holiness the Dalai Lama where he performed his own composition entitled ‘Welcome song of swirling auspiciousness’ and at WOMAD music festival. He has also featured in a BBC documentary and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC’s “introducing” strand and he returned to the airwaves.
On the 19th of September, he was also blessed with the incredible opportunity to perform in the O2 arena, for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a crowd of thousands of people from all over the world, where he sang a cappella mountain song called “The Dragon” followed by His own composition entitle “Welcome song of swirling auspciousness” which was written in the praise of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Featured in national press, you can read Ngawang’s story of being a former monk and his life in exile in The Telegraph
Tenzin Pakdon was born into a Tibetan family in South India. She is known as one of the most naturally gifted Tibetan dancers outside of Tibet. Tenzin believes that her dancing is her individual way to contribute her time and energy to the survival of the performing art she holds so dearly to her heart.
Her first encounter with Tibetan dancing was at the age of 7 when she fell in love with her dance classes at school and stole the hearts of audiences who watched her perform as a young girl. Since then, she has followed her dream and become a prominent Tibetan Dancer, performing many different forms of Tibetan dance.
Pakdon moved to the United Kingdom in 2009 and has continued to follow her passion for Tibetan dancing. Pakdon is wholeheartedly committed to preserve the unique culture of Tibetan performing arts by passing her professionalism on to younger generation, and promote it by showcasing wherever and whenever it is possible for her to. She voluntarily teaches Tibetan children Tibetan dance and organises Tibetan dance workshops in London with ever increasing number of different students from all walks of life and different nationalities. In association with Shangshung Institute London and famous Khaita Dance Group; Tenzin created a wonderful dance show at London British Museum in March 2019.