by Eva Cirnu
They are often involved in cultural preservation projects, and their lives and careers are emblematic of entire generations’ efforts, dreams and hopes. In the case of Tibetan music, few artists have managed to embody past, present, and future as well as Techung. His career reflects the need to preserve the rich Tibetan tradition, the urge to carry on the freedom struggle and the desire to allow Tibetan music to evolve and fuse with other world music currents.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Techung during his visit in Dharamsala, as well as the privilege of collaborating on a music video for his famous Snow Lion of Peace song. He generously agreed to do a short interview about his efforts to help young Tibetans preserve Tibetan music, while at the same time allowing new musical forms of expression to blossom.
Techung is a Tibetan folk and freedom singer/songwriter living in exile in the U.S. In addition to being looked up to as one of the keepers of traditional Tibetan musical traditions, Techung is also respected for the original solo and collaborative music he creates by drawing on both his own heritage and his familiarity with other world music traditions.
He has participated in all the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, as well as in other major Tibet support events. His music has been featured on the soundtracks of numerous feature films and documentaries. Techung and his band had the honour of opening for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's public talks in the U.S., Costa Rica and Japan.
‘Dharamsala Dispatch’ is a series of notes from in and around Dharamsala, covering the Tibetan artistic and cultural scene through reports and interviews with prominent Tibetans involved in community events.
Dharamsala Dispatch is written by Eva Cirnu, Coordinator of the Canada Tibet Committee’s francophone section.