Tsering Wangmo and her daughter and 2009 ACTA Apprenticeship Program participant Yangchen Lhamo sing the Tibetan folk song "Aro Khampa" in El Cerrito, California. The song originates in Eastern Tibet.
Tsering Wangmo is a second-generation exile Tibetan and was born in a refugee camp in southern India. Educated in a local Tibetan school, she studied traditional Tibetan music, dance and opera for seven years from 1982 to 1989 in the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala in northern India. The institute was set up by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, shortly after China's occupation of Tibet in 1959, to facilitate the preservation of Tibet's unique cultural heritage in exile.
In 1989, Tsering came with Sonam Tashi and Yangchen's father, Tashi Dhondup Sharzur (aka Techung ) on a performance tour of nine different American cities, and the three of them eventually founded Chaksam-Pa, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving traditional Tibetan performing arts.
Tsering's daughter, Yangchen Lhamo participated in ACTA's 2009 Apprenticeship Program in an apprenticeship with her father Techung in Yul Shae (folk singing), Tho Shae (light classical singing) and damnyen (Tibetan six-stringed lute) in El Cerrito and San Mateo, California.
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