An Afternoon of Tibetan Culture
Performance of Tibetan Music by Techung (Tashi Dhondup) & Lecture on Tibetan Buddhist Art by Robert W. Clark
In conjunction with Himalayan Pilgrimage: Journey to the Land of Snows, on view through April 24, 2011
WHEN: Sunday, August 8 - 1:30 p.m. Performance; 3 p.m. Lecture, followed by reception (included with admission)
WHERE: Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)
Performance: Gallery 2; Lecture: Museum Theater
COST: $8 Regular Gallery Admission; $5 (Students, Senior citizens, Disabled Persons, Young Adults 13-17 years old). Free for BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff
PERFORMANCE: Techung will perform traditional and sacred Tibetan songs accompanied by the damnyen, a Tibetan stringed instrument, and the lingbu, the Tibetan bamboo flute. He will also perform his own compositions. As part of the program, Techung will discuss music as a way of life for Tibetans and as a deep expression of Himalayan culture.
Among his recordings, Techung has recently released Semshae-Heart Songs, an album of Tibetan children’s music that he hopes will “help preserve the Tibetan language and compassionate culture through children’s music.”
LECTURE: Renowned scholar of Tibetan culture and language Robert W. Clark will discuss the history of Buddhism as it spread from India across the Himalaya and into Tibet, using the significant cultural and religious objects in Himalayan Pilgrimage as illustrations.
Dr. Clark is on the faculty at Stanford University and is program director of Tardo Ling, a center for translation of Tibetan literature. He has published extensively on Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian Buddhist art, history, and culture, curated numerous exhibitions of Tibetan and Buddhist art and has served as translator in the Private Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is currently working on a major study of Buddhist culture in Tibet and India in the twentieth century.
Event co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies