By Lao Zangmin view the original article in Chinese
“Aja Drokmo” Dronpe guest appearance at “Snowland Footprints”
“Aja Drokmo” (Shepherdess), the well-known name of snow land singer Dronpe (Chi. Zhong Bai; Tib. sGron pe), recently made an appearance on the Qinghai Tibetan Language Television talking on the 69th episode of the “Snow Land Footprints” program, participating in the program’s recording of this performing arts discussion.
At the site of the program recording, Dronpe wore “Pola (Tib. Bod la)” Tibetan clothes from head to toe, being interviewed by the newest host to take over this program, Dorje Gyaltsen. Indeed, in life, on stage and off stage, Dronpe is always in Tibetan clothes. Dronpe says she has worn it from childhood and is accustomed to it, she says when she wears Tibetan clothes she feels “comfortable and sure.”
Dronpe is from Khyungchu, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province–a Hongyuan (Tib. Khyungchu) County person, with a heavy Amdo nomadic accent. Under the lights in front of the round desk at the television station studio, “Aja Drokmo” spoke frankly and assuredly.
Dronpe said that when she was young “my parents sold off their livestock, sending us brothers and sisters to school.” The local people all thought Dronpe’s parents had gone mad, but a grade-school Dronpe discovered a hobby of her own–singing. Dronpe said that the first time she participated in a school performance she had to be carried on stage. “At the time I was wearing a thick and heavy sheepskin jacket, waiting backstage to perform. That stage was too high, I couldn’t get up, my turn to be onstage was coming up immediately. At this time a teacher hurriedly came over and carried me up, people offstage were all laughing.” Dronpe said when she was young, in addition to singing folk songs, she also liked to sing Tibetan opera. Dronpe gave a remarkable live performance of “Drime kundun (Tib. Dri med kun ldan)”, an aria by the imperial concubine Mandesangmo (Tib. Mande bzang mo).
Dronpe at the live recording
In 1998 Dronpe graduated from the Sichuan Province Tibetan Language Secondary Technical School, during Tibetan language secondary technical schooling she studied Tibetan medicine. After studying, Dronpe didn’t give up her own performing arts hobby, in the school’s cultural activities, singing and hosting all have Dronpe’s bustling silhouette and sweet singing. After graduating Dronpe returned to her hometown and became a learned “Lhaje (Tib. Lha rje)” (Tibetan medical doctor). At this time, fate opened her wings, and Yangjenma’s (akin to the goddess of the arts) sacred mission set her apart from the rest: “Qinghai Tibetan Language Broadcast called me, inviting me to take part in a big performance concert. Two phone calls about the same thing came in succession.” Dronpe asked for her father’s advice, and finally took the first step leading to the art’s big stage. Taking part in this performing arts show of Qinghai TIbetan Language Broadcast was the first stage of Dronpe’s road to fame, Dronpe’s performance singing “Chalemoso (Tib. Bya le mo so)” was a hit. After that, in 2007, Dronpe went to Yulshul to take part in a performance. On the road, Mato County’s deteriorating environment deeply moved Dronpe’s heart. “Desert as far as the eye could see, the road was covered by yellow sand. Local people told me that in the past it was a pastoral place, with lush pastures, clear and flowing rivers.” Dronpe took these sights and her own inner emotions and told them to a writer friend, Jone Yum Tsering (Tib. Yum tshe ring), she was determined to sing about her own worries about Tibetan environments, calling for society’s environmental awareness. This was the song “Calling” in her second album “Polar Starlight”. This song, a single with lyrics written by Jone Yum Tsering won first prize at the 2009 Ninth National Tibetan Language Broadcast and Television Program Commentary.
Tibetan Language Television newcomer, Gyaltsen (left) taking over the hosting position of “Snow Land Footprints”; in the center is the previous host, Chakjam Gyal.
During the interview, Dronpe even took the opportunity to relate to the host the reproachful response she received online from her audience for what she wore on the cover photo of “Polar Starlight”. “Some people questioned what I wore in the album. Actually that was the dress of the Tibetan Tshawarong area. I went there to record the album, and learned about the folk customs there. I wanted to embody the profoundness and richness of Tibetan culture, I wanted to let more people from the outside world know about the unique qualities of Tibetan regional culture.”
Dronpe is a Tibetan medical doctor, and sings in her spare time. She figures that both are the brightest constituents of Tibetan culture, both serve the people. “When I am practicing medicine, I am singing with my heart. Performing the happiness, anger, grief, and joy in life, expressing the affectations of the heart.” Singing and working as a doctor. Dronpe says she goes early to bed and early to rise, with a little diligence, she believes she can be a good doctor and singer. Dronpe took the opportunity of participating in this program recording, faced the camera, and wholeheartedly thanked the friends and her parents who had given her support. To Mr. Qiuji of the already defunct Sichuan Gesar Culture and Arts Limited Liability Company who made great efforts to fund and produce “Aja Drokmo”, she expressed deeply cherished memories and respect.
Dronpe’s singing is bright, sober, a song in the album led “Aja Drokmo” to popularity within and beyond Tibetan areas. In this, Manla Kyab’s lyrics and Dronpe’s performance brought out the best in each other: “Aja Drokmo luo luo/ Don’t be sad / Sixteen young women flowers / Open from mournful-sounding buds / Where should expectant eyes stop and wait / Eyes full of worries fall into tears / Aja Drokmo ah / It’s not the cold winter yet / Your heart has fallen into snow….”.
Two of Dronpe’s albums
[ 2010-1-22 19:07:00 | By: Chengdu person]
Her husband is a Han Chinese. It’s not our culture she loves. It’s money. Whoever gives her money. She will run.
[ 2010-1-14 12:57:00 | By: Protect Nationalities Proprietary Property]
Qizheng Tibetan Medicine is a fraud, Guangdong Tibetan Zhengtang is a bastard. These things should be condemned! Tibetan medicine is the proprietary legacy of the Tibetans, it is the science, technology and even cultural heritage our ancestors created and invented thousands of years ago, taken by them very easily, and seized within a few months, to do business everywhere, to cheat people everywhere. It has created a situation where the development of our genuine Tibetan medicine is hampered, and there are many, many issues about the market, employment, and so on. Their way of doing things is a kind of alternative fraud method. This behaviour is an extremely serious infringement of proprietary heritage, which needs to be severely punished.
[ 2010-1-14 11:19:00 | By: Mother tongue is life]
Please be a little respectful, this is a public context. What successes have you achieved, bring it out and let everyone see. The way you treat people is against the law.
[ 2010-1-13 17:58:00 | By: Myself ]
Whom did she sing for in 2008. Who did she go with to England to sing. Who she went with in 2008, we know clearly in our hearts. You don’t need to talk nonsense. They are all dogs. You should know this.