Dharamsala Dispatch #5

Ladakh Summer

If you are going to this year’s long awaited Kalachakra teachings by H.H. the Dalai Lama you may also be planning to arrive early and spend a few days enjoying Ladakh’s breathtaking beauty – or frantically looking for accommodation – or acclimatizing and getting used to the height.

And speaking of heights, if you are in Ladakh a few days before the teachings then you are in for a treat: the most renowned artists of the Himalayan region musical traditions will be there to perform during a 4 day mega concert.

The event is organized by HITA Music Agency (Himalayan International Tradition Arts) which is based in Japan.  The concert will take place under the name ‘Tashi Delek Concert’.

A promising line-up of more than 25 artists will represent various music genres from folk to fusion and pop. Among the artists invited are Prashant Tamang (Indian Idol 3 Winner), Techung (Tibetan folk and freedom singer/songwriter), Nima Rumba (popular Nepali singer & actor), Dechen Zang (Bhutanese lead pop singer and actress). The concert dates are June 29 to July 2.

The Tashi Delek Concert will be a unique opportunity to discover and enjoy the musical traditions of the Himalayan region, in a most unique setting.

The Kalachakra teachings and initiation will follow 2 days after the concert on July 4th. They are expected to draw a crowd close to 30,000 people. On July 6, Kalachakra participants will have the special opportunity to spend H.H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday in his presence.

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