Tibet Sun Newsroom
McLEOD GANJ, India, 9 September 2019
With a Lifetime Achievement Award for Lobsang Samten (aka Tiny) from McLeod Ganj, India, and Special Recognition for Michelle Weik from Connecticut, US, a dozen other awards were announced for the Tibetan Music Awards 2019.
“It is to recognise and honour the works of the Tibetan singers, musicians, song writers, videographers, producers, and promoters,” say the organisers on their website.
The winners were chosen by the public through online voting. From the original 18 categories announced to receive awards, four categories have no winners this year due to no valid votes.
Three of the 14 winners are from Tibet. Tashi Phuntsok from Shigatse, Tibet, who won the season 2 competition of “Sing China” in October 2017, was the winner of the Best Male Singer. The Best Lyrics award went to a group named Bhoe ki Nepa (Sickness of Tibet) from Amdo, and Pema Tenzin from Lhasa won the Best Song award for his popular song Leko (Zero).
Four awards were won by artistes in the US, including the Best Female Singer for Tenzin Kunsel from New York City. Three awards went to artistes in Nepal, two in Switzerland, one in the Netherlands, and one in India.
Lobsang Samtem, who dedicated his life to the Tibetan performing arts, joined the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts as a student, to become a performing artiste years later, and then served as the Artistic Director before he retired in August, serving for more than 40 years.
Michelle Weik, who received the Special Recognition award, has been organising Weik popular TibetFest in Goshen, Connecticut, for many years, promoting Tibetan art, music, and culture.
Started in 2003, the Tibetan Music Awards are presented every two years. The winners receive a Certificate of Excellence, and are highlighted on the website.