The tradition of Ache Lhamo or Tibetan opera was started by Yogi Thangtong Gyalpo in the 14th Century in mid southern Tibet. Over the centuries many different opera traditions and troupes have evolved in Tibet, notably Gyalkara, Chungpa, Shangpa and Kyormulungpa. The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, under the tutelage of Kyormulung artistes, Late Master Norbu Tsering (Stage name Laba) and subsequently under the instruction of various other masters have maintained the undiluted tradition of Kyormulung (Sukyi Nyima, Pema Woebar and Drowa Sangmo), Chungpa (Prince Norsang) and Monru Ponsang (Dhepa Tenpa).
All the professional artistes recruited by the institute have to take mandatory lessons and courses on various traditions of Ache Lhamo. The artistes have to actively take part in the actual presentation of Ache Lhamo, as and when required by the institute.
Basic Overview of Course:
- Vocalization: voice training and aria singing
- Text : basic story and the narration
- Choreography : hand and limb motion
- Acting : facial exprssion and body exploits
- Music : drum and cymbal