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Tibetan Opera meets Libana Songs

USA | Friday, 11 February 2011 | Views [1401] | Comments [9]

Last evening, culminating the fourth day of our five day residency at the American Embassy School here in Delhi (which has been REALLY delightful), we were invited over for an evening of singing with American women teachers from the school. They have been singing together for awhile, and---wouldn't you know, they sing lots of music from Libana's recordings. One of the women had seen us perform at the Chico(CA)World Music Festival almost 15 years ago, and had bought a songbook there and brought it to this group of singers. So, here we were singing together in a (exquisitely beautiful)living room in Delhi, India. Huh.

After a sumptuous good ol' American-style pot luck (of mostly Indian food) and lots of good conversation, a Tibetan woman who lives with one of the women finally agreed to sing for us (it took a bit of coaxing her through some shyness). Once she started to sing--first folk songs then songs and dance from the deeply traditional and sacred Tibetan opera--her soul poured through her beautiful voice and all of us in that living room were mesmerized by this woman who had sung for awhile with the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala (where we will be in about 10 days. A conversation about Tibet and Tibetan music followed, and it made me even more excited about going to Dharamsala than I already have been!

The power of song-- connecting women from the world...





Your trip already sounds amazing. Am loving reading these updates - please keep them coming (when you have time - appreciate that it's much more interesting to live the experiences while you are there than write about them!) Jxx

  Jenny Feb 11, 2011 9:33 PM


Thank you for sharing your amazing adventure. Wish I was with you!

  marianne Feb 12, 2011 12:54 AM


I almost feel like I'm right there with you. Thanks for sharing.

  Bonnie Feb 12, 2011 2:52 AM


Amazing! Photos? The sensory overload here remains mostly focused on cold.

  Bunny Feb 12, 2011 9:20 AM


So good to get road dispatches! Glad that you are having an amazing time.
Photos, pleeeze? :-) Keep it up.....

  Joan Feb 12, 2011 9:42 AM


What an amazing experience for all of you. Sounds fascinating! Would love to see photos.

   Melissa Feb 12, 2011 1:41 PM


Oh goodness, this is just SO exciting. Thanks so much for the travel journal! I have thought of you all so much this week. Will await the next news and can't even imagine the anticipation you must feel for Dharamsala. Travel safe and in song!

  Caryl Beth Feb 12, 2011 1:57 PM


I got tears in my eyes when I read about this Tibetan woman's soul pouring through her voice. I think mostly because you all so deserve this trip.You have devoted so much love and energy to creating music with women on both sides of the globe -- I am grateful to be a part of it here, and there -- through these blog entries. Thank you. Much love, Ali

  Alison Keehn Feb 13, 2011 3:25 AM


Hi All

What an evening. Our friends who were in India for three years sent their children to the American Embassy School. When David and our son Alex visited them they went to the Embassy School. David said the auditorium there is wonderful. If you have an opportunity to go to the Old Market in Delhi see if you can arrange a tour with a 90 year old British man named Nigel. David thought this one of the most incredible experiences. Love reading your blog! Keep it up! Safe travels! xxoo Beth

  Beth Pendery Feb 13, 2011 4:17 AM

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