Since 2011 Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has devoted himself to the research and promotion of Tibetan songs and dances, and so far he has personally transcribed and transliterated 180 Tibetan songs. There are now dances for around 160 of these songs, some completely traditional, and others in more contemporary style.
Here he describes how it came about:
“Milarepa said "any movement you do is Yantra"; it is just like you are doing Yantra Yoga or doing meditation, some exercise. Milarepa said "there is no difference" because it depends on you, how you are dealing with your activity. Even if you are only jumping, but you are jumping with presence, in a relaxed way, then it becomes useful.
If you are interested in Buddhist teachings Sutra, teachings Tantra, teachings Dzogchen, Anuyoga, everything is coming from Tibet. When I was in Tenerife last year, then I was listening to some of this Tibetan music, songs, etc... and I discovered how they are singing, they are communicating happiness, a sort of feeling, and situation; also the kind of difficulties they have, they are bringing these into the melody. This is also what we do in Dzogchen Teaching. We try to understand what the real situation is, and we do our best with that. So for that reason I am thinking it is necessary, we should learn songs and listen well to Tibetan songs.
“…What do you need to do when you are dancing?...when you are dancing...you must coordinate your energy, you must be present. That means you are being present, otherwise you couldn't dance; but if you are present when you are dancing you should also relax - even jumping, you jump in a relaxed way, without getting charged up, then it become also good for you, no?
It helps. Dancing, relaxing, being present, knowing that...this is practice.”
( Chogyal Namkhai Norbu on Tibetan Modern Dances in Tenerife, February 2013) :
Tibetan Khaita Joyful Dance and Traditional Performing Arts Instructors
Tsering Dolker learnt her first Tibetan songs from her grandmother ,who was a famous singer in Tibet.
Topgyal Gontse received both Tibetan and western education at the Tibetan Children's Village School at Dharamsala. After obtaining a Bachelor degree in commerce, he worked for three years in a Tibetan Higher Secondary School in Kathmandu.
After their marriage, Tsering and Topgyal went to India for further personal and intensive training in the Tibetan Arts of singing and dancing, with Mr. Dawa Tashi.
Since 2011, under the direction of Professor Namkhai Norbu, she and her husband have choreographed many Khaita Joyful dances and travelled internationally to teach and perform traditional Tibetan songs and dances as well as contemporary Khaita, showcasing public presentations of a living Tibetan culture. They worked for some years for the Shang Shung Foundation in Italy, as instructors of Khaita and traditional Tibetan dances and songs.
As well as Khaita Instructor Diplomas from the Shang Shung Foundation, they also have been awarded diplomas by the CID (International Dance Council, affiliated with UNESCO). Prof. Namkhai Norbu has appointed them as the main Khaita instructors for the Oceania region, and as such they are joint head of the Shang Shung Institute Australia department for Tibetan Performing Arts.