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Tibetan nun Celebrity performs free to help raise fund

December 20, 2007

Phayul
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 16:56]
By Tenzin Choephel
Phayul Correspondent

Kathmandu, December 15: Ani Choying Dolma, popularly known as the
Tibetan singing nun, gave a live performance to a crowd of over seven
hundred Nepalese, including few Tibetans, to help raise funds for the
country’s National Kidney Center this evening at the Nepal Academy Hall.

Ani Choying gave a lively performance at the ‘Ani Choying Dolma – Live
in Concert’ and said all the proceeds from the concert would be given to
the Center. She was supported by ten Nepali musicians in her effort as
she sang some of her popular numbers like ‘Phool ko ankha ma’, the
Nepali song that topped the country’s music charts in 2006, and her
numerous other melodious Buddhist mantra chants.

She also released her latest album, Time, at the evening concert
organised by the Rotary Clubs of Kathmandu and Patan in association with
Music Nepal and Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal.

Tibetan Welfare Officer for Nepal Mr. Trinley Gyatso and Angur Baba
Joshi, a local social worker, were the chief guests of the evening concert.

At today’s live concert, Ani Choying started her performance with a
soothing prayer song for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
the exiled Tibetan leader based in India, before she moved on with
Nepali songs from her albums, including the hit ‘Phool ko ankha ma,
phoolai sansara’ (in the eyes of flower, the world appears as flowers,
in the eyes of thorn, the world appears as thorn; suggesting everything
depends on how we perceive things in our life).

Two new music videos from her new album were also screened for the
audience and also presented a song from it. She emotionally dedicated
one of her songs to her late mother as tears rolled down her cheek.

Ani Choying Dolma is a Tibetan nun living in Nepal. She became nun at a
young age and shot to fame in Nepal and internationally when she started
singing Buddhist Chants and mantras with her gifted unique and melodious
soothing voice. ‘Time’ is Ani Choying’s eighth successive album. So far,
her all time hit album ‘Moment of Bliss’ released in 2006 remains her
most popular album of all time. Her previous albums included many
Buddhist mantra chants that captured the wide attention of international
listeners as well. Her more recent albums have many Nepali songs in them.

Ani Choying founded the Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal in 1998 and
established Arya Tara School for nuns at Pharping in January 2000. Her
school now has over 50 nuns from Tibet, Nepal and India. Enabling a
better life for nuns by providing them high quality secular education as
they zealously learn and practice Buddha dharma lies at the heart of Ani
Choying’s envisioned dream. And she is already too close to her
fulfilling vision.
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