Dharamsala, 22, Jan 2014: Tibetan singer and songwriter Techung is releasing his newest music video: Shiwai Gangseng - Snow Lion of Peace. The video is a collaboration with Tibetan and international video artists and musicians. It was shot in Dharamshala, India, and is now available online.
Techung's well-known song is a tribute to all the great spiritual masters of Tibet and their message of peace and non-violence. The song conveys a sense of pride and hope in the Tibetans' ongoing freedom struggle; the video reflects the stunning beauty of Dharamshala's majestic landscapes.
The music video was shot and produced during Techung's current visit to Dharamshala, where he participated in the Banned expressions Human Rights Day concert, alongside famous Indian rock band Parikrama and local Tibetan musicians.
Shiwai Gangseng - Snow Lion of Peace is featured on Techung's album Yarlung - Tibetan Songs of Love and Freedom. He has performed it on numerous occasions, internationally, throughout North America, in Russia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, etc.
Trained at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Techung later moved to the USA and continued his musical career. While preserving traditional Tibetan music, he has, throughout different projects, also explored contemporary music, in a unique fusion of world music.
Techung has participated in all the Tibetan Freedom Concert series, alongside Beastie Boys, U2, REM and others. Techung and his band regularly appear with Philip Glass, Patti Smith and others at the annual Tibetan New Year concerts at Carnegie Hall.
Techung grew up in Dharamshala, India, where his family and tens of thousands of other Tibetans resettled from their native Tibet. At the age of 9 he was enrolled in the newly formed Tibetan Dance and Drama School now known as the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA).
In his 17 years of residency at the Institute, he studied all aspects of the Tibetan performing arts folk, court, and opera - through the oral teaching tradition used by the venerated Tibetan elders with whom he was honored to study. He toured with TIPA in its first international tour as a leading child actor in 1975-76 and for many years afterwards. After emigrating to the U.S., he co-founded the San Francisco-based Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company in 1989.
From 1995-97 Techung worked for the Milarepa Fund in San Francisco who organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts world wide.