The Lhamo Master

Tasked with the mandate to preserve the cultural heritage of Tibet’s diverse performing arts, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, or TIPA, was one of the very first organizations formed in exile after Tibetans began seeking refuge in India in 1959. Kundeling Thupten is now considered the only living lhamo opera master living outside of Tibet. Whereas strong Chinese influences threaten the preservation of Tibetan song and dance inside Tibet, strong Indian and western influences threaten it beyond. In 2014 the most skilled Tibetan performers throughout the subcontinent assembled to stage a production of the classic Tibetan opera, "Prince Norsang.”