By Tibet Sun Newsroom
McLEOD GANJ, India, 2 September 2017
“Phur” (Fly), the infectious and anthemic song by Anu Ringluk that has taken the Tibetan world by storm, grabbed five awards at the Tibetan Music Awards last night in a modest ceremony at Norbu House in McLeod Ganj.
The top winner Anu Ringluk, a duo made up of two friends from eastern Tibet, won the awards for Best Song, Best Lyrics, Best Male Singer, and Best Music Video. They also won the Special Recognition award for their sensational “Phur”.
Wangdak Dorjee’s “Oneness” won the award for Best Album. After winning this big award, Wangdak said he knows that there are singers who have better albums, but said he felt honoured and encouraged that his fans made him the winner.
Bhu Chung’s single release “Milaam” won in the category Best Love Song. He thanked Tenzin Choegyal of Mansa Marpo fame for his support and encouragement in this musical journey.
Kharag Penpa from Seoul, South Korea, won the Best Fusion and the Best Traditional Artiste categories, while Tenzin Choegyal from Brisbane, Australia, won the award for Best Devotional Album titled “Heart Strings”.
The Best Female Singer went to Tsewang Lhamo from Tibet for her song “Losar”. Other female artistes to win awards include Kunsang Wangmo from Bhandara Opera Troupe for Best Opera Singer, and Dhondup Choekyi for Best Debut Alhum.
“Missing Lhasa” by Pemsi and Tenzin Seungyi won the award for Best Rap/HipHop song, and the award for Best Act went to Loten Namling with his Porok Karpo Band.
Philip Glass was voted the Best International Artiste for Tibet for his long-standing support of the Tibetan cause and culture. He composed the musical score for Martin Scorsese’s 1997 epic film Kundun.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dubey posthumously for his life-long contributions to Tibetan music, literature and culture.
He has produced more than 100 albums and is known for introducing the Mandolin into Tibetan music. He died due to a liver problem in February 2017, when he was only 49.
This year was the eighth edition in the series since the awards were started in 2003. The awards are determined by the public through online voting based on albums and songs produced in the previous two years.