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Gangkar Wangdi, Sangay Choden receives Druk Norbu Award

Changa Dorji, Thimphu
Dec 24, 2017

Gangkar Wangdi, 67, and Sangay Choden, 60, received the Druk Norbu or Bhutan’s Living Treasure for Culture Award, in the capital.

The award is in recognition for their various contributions in the field of music and dance.

Gangkar Wangdi from Yadhi in Monggar served as a singer and dancer since the reign of His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo for several years. Later he worked as a drama instructor at the Royal Academy of Performing Arts.      He currently work as Driglam Namzha instructor in Thimphu.

Sangay Choden from Chumey Domkhar in Bumthang was the winner in female’s category. She also served as an instructor for the Royal Academy of Performing Arts for many years.

She was later transferred to education ministry and served as an instructor of dance and weaving in various schools.

Ap Dawpay, a veteran singer and instrumentalists, gave away the awards.

The recipients also received cash prizes and certificates for preserving and promoting the age old songs and dances which are on the verge of disappearance.

At the function, a group of women from Dagana Khebisa presented some of their regional songs and dances in original track.

Music of Bhutan Research Centre organizes the Bhutan’s Living Treasure for Culture Award since 2010. It is to bring positive attention to traditional music and dance, and also to intensify awareness among youth who may not be aware of cultural heritage and history.

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