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Music of Bhutan: Traditions from the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Music of Bhutan Research Centre
Music of Bhutan Research Centre

Join master musician and vocalist Kheng Sonam Dorji, as he shares insights on how music continues to provide the foundation for cultural identity and serves as a medium through which the Bhutanese connect with community, nature, and the cosmos. Dorji will showcase the drangyen, a traditional string instrument played in Bhutan, and elaborate on his work at the Music of Bhutan Research Centre in Thimpu, where he documents musical traditions of the country's diverse regional, linguistic and ethnic groups.

Sonam Dorji is a master musician, vocalist, and composer who plays several instruments native to Bhutan and India. He has released a string of hit rigsar (Bhutanese pop) albums and composed the first-ever nationally broadcast song in Khengpa, his native language, which earned him the name Kheng Sonam Dorji. International audiences know him through his contributions to the acclaimed Bhutanese film Travellers and Magicians, his appearances at the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife in Washington D.C., and the BT River of Music Festival in London with Arun Ghosh for the 2012 Olympic Games.

To submit your questions in advance for Sonam Dorji, please email: [email protected]

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This programme falls under our AsiaBuzz series, which is a networking series designed to showcase experts from diverse backgrounds in an evening of drinks, discussions, and exchanges. Previous speakers we have hosted include CEO of Datawind Suneet Singh Tuli, Head of Global Investment for Goldman Sachs’ South East Asia Operations Brooks Entwhistle, hammered dulcimer musician Max ZT and actor and comedian, Vir Das.

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Event Details

Thu 24 Jan 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm

ARTISANS’, 52 - 56, Dr. V.B. Gandhi Marg, Rhythm House Lane, Kala Ghoda, Colaba , Mumbai
RSVP REQUIRED: [email protected] (priority will be given to Asia Society members)
Ticket Prices:
Asia Society Members – Free entry
Non Members – Rs. 100
Entry inclusive of one complimentary glass of wine and refreshments