The Tibetan community in Ladakh


At the heart of this proect : the Tibetan community exiled in Ladakh. We worked on various locations : setlements in Choglamsar (mainly Agling, Menla and Choglam), TCV main school, nomadic camps in Chang Thang (Samed, Kharnak and Sumdo.)

Some refugees played a more important role :
- Ngodup Gyumey, expert in social songs
- Tsewang Dorjee, nomadic shepherd
- the members of Sherap Dorjee's band Shang Shung Da Yang : Sonam Zangmo, Pema Yangzin, Norbu Dolma and Pema Thinley
- Three young musicians trained by Sherap Dorjee : Tenzin Dekey, Tsesum Dolma and Dolma Tsering

Sherap Dorjee


Born in a family of pesants-musicians in the high valleys of Tot Tso Yultuk, Western Tibet, Sherap Dorjee is a music and dance teacher in the Tibetan school of Choglamsar. He kept feeding our project with his vast knowledge in terms of Tibetan music - particularly from Western Tibet where most of the refugees in Ladakh came from.


Gyalpo Tashi


Born in the Samed nomadic camp, Gyalpo Tashi grew up in Ladakh, studied in Delhi et currently lives between the Himalayas and France. Eager to share Tibetan culture, he worked on many cultural project with international partners, including the BBC. This talent as mediator led him to create Tendrel Travel, a tour-operator offering intimate encounters with the Tibetan world.

Boris Lelong


Musican, world traveler and artistic director, Boris Lelong leads Altamira's international projects, in Ladakh as well as in the Philippines, in Madagascar, in France, etc...
His music works, dedicated to peasant-artists from various corners of the world, have been acclaimed by major French cultural media (Télérama, Les Inrockuptibles, Mondomix) and awarded by the prestigious Académie Charles Cros.

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