The tradition of Ache Lhamo or Tibetan opera was started by Yogi ThangtongGyalpo 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 NorbuTsering (Stage name Laba) and subsequently under the instruction of various other masters have maintained the undiluted tradition of Kyormulung (SukyiNyima, Pema Woebar and DrowaSangmo), Chungpa (Prince Norsang) and MonruPonsang (DhepaTenpa).
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 Course Overview:
Vocalization: voice training and aria singing
Text: basic story and the narration
Choreography: hand and limb motion
Acting: facial expression and body exploits
Music: drum and cymbal