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date: 20 August 2019

Tshe-ring, Norbulocked

  • Isabelle Henrion-Dourcy

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(b Lhasa, 1927). Tibetan lha-mo (musical theatre) actor and teacher. He was born to a family of performers of the sKyor-mo-lung troupe and enrolled for performance at the age of eight. He was nicknamed La-pa-lags, ‘the one who sings la-la-la’. His acting, especially of the female roles, made him a national celebrity in pre-communist Tibet. He could have become the next teacher of the sKyor-mo-lung troupe at a young age if the political situation had not forced him into exile in India in 1960. After the hardships of life in exile, he was appointed lha-mo master of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts of Dharamsala in 1979. He is the main source for the reconstitution of lha-mo in India, where he has taught the song texts for six plays from memory and has performed in all the lha-mo recordings made in exile. His brother, Tseten Dorje, remained in the Lhasa official troupe and became a stage director....

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