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Tibetan music and culture celebrated in Taipei

Kelsang Chukie Tethong and U-Theatre percussion group wow sell out crowd

Kelsang Chukie Tethong

Kelsang Chukie Tethong (Taiwan News photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Nepal-born singer Kelsang Chukie Tethong and Taiwan’s U-Theatre percussion group wowed a sold out crowd with traditional Tibetan music, at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on Nov. 7.

The performance touched on cultural, traditional, and religious tones, stirred the audience, and offered a glimpse into the beauty of Tibet.

The concert is part of the annual Tibetan Culture and Art Festival Taiwan, which has been ongoing since Sept. 2018.

Chukie Tethong is a multi-instrumentalist from a musical family, who primarily performs folk songs from all over Tibet. The U-Theatre percussion group are world renowned for their mesmerizing drumming and aesthetic coordination.

Chukie Tethong performed a range of Tibetan folk songs, and well as a number of Buddhist ones. The works were performed solo, with a piano accompaniment, and with some traditional Tibetan instruments.

She also performed one piece with the U-Theater percussion group.

The U-Theater percussion group put on an energetic and dynamic performance, which was one part theater, and one part music.

The troupe’s performance was very well-received by the audience, who were captivated by the movement and rhythm.

This year's Tibetan Culture and Art Festival Taiwan is taking place across Taiwan from Sept. 7, 2018, to Jan. 31, 2019.

The annual event is sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, and includes a traditional art exhibition, academic seminars, photography exhibition, and musical performances.

The last remaining event is the "Photography Exhibition of Tibet," which can be seen at the Mongolian and Tibetan Gallery in Taipei from Nov. 5 to Jan. 31. The exhibition covers a broad range of themes including geography, humanities and temples.

Tibetan music and culture celebrated in Taipei
(Image from Tibetan Culture and Art Festival Taiwan 's Facebook)