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Music from the Mountains of Bhutan

Sonam Dorji
Music from the Mountains of Bhutan In Bhutan, a mountainous, landlocked country bordering India and Tibet, music plays an important role in daily life and religious rituals. Historically, Bhutanese music was comprised of two genres: traditional ballads called zhabdro dangrem or zhungdra, and sacred music performed at religious ceremonies and festivals. Today the genres have expanded to include livelier folk songs called zhabdro gorgom (including popular Tibetan style songs called boedra) and Bhutanese contemporary music known as lu-saar. This recording features the director and founder of the Music of Bhutan Research Center, Kheng Sonam Dorji, performing on drangyen (Bhutanese lute) and singing traditional Bhutanese music along with several of his own compositions. Produced and annotated by Dorji for the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program “Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon,” this recording brings endangered musical traditions to audiences outside of Bhutan. 41 minutes, 17 pages of notes with photos.

Track Listing

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Dungai Nanggo Nigma (The Orphan's Song) Sonam Dorji 06:41
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Atta Sonam Dorji (Brother Sonam Dorji) Sonam Dorji 06:20
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Gawai Nima Shar (The Song of Nature) Sonam Dorji 03:53
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Goenzang Gi Chogla (The Devoted Pilgrim) Sonam Dorji 04:21
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Jalu Kepai Maja (Indian-Born Peacock) Sonam Dorji 06:17
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Nam-Gunghi Englu Zhugmi (The Skies of Paradise) Sonam Dorji 03:56
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Ney Diney Pharla Jaytshana (The Princess and the Temple) Sonam Dorji 05:58
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Norbu Rigi Pangshong (The Precious Treasure of Mountains) Sonam Dorji 05:41