Chaksam-Pa: Tibetan Performing Arts

The following article is from the Autumn, 1990 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

A song silenced. . . in its home. Since their invasion of Tibet, the Chinese have suppressed the rich traditions of Tibetan music, dance, and drama in an effort to assimilate this ancient culture. But the art survives, barely, in refugee settlements in India.

Hope sustained in exile. . . . Now in San Francisco, a small group of master performers have joined together to form Chaksam-Pa, offering this unique art to a world audience in hopes of keeping it alive for another generation.

Chaksam-Pa aims to meet these goals: *offering performers of Tibetan drama, music, and dance of the highest standard and to the widest possible audience.

-æfostering the appreciation of Tibetan culture and drawing attention to its threatened survival.

-æcontinuing the traditions by offering material support, training, and encouragement to young performers.

-ærecording and documenting performances in the Tibetan refugee communities for preservation and study.

-æinitiating cultural exchange programs to explore the common language of performance with artists of other traditions.

Chaksam-Pa depends on the generous donations of individuals and on volunteers who share their time and expertise with us. We desperately need your support. If you would like to help, learn more about our programs, or get information on booking workshops and performances, call 415-641-9139. Or write to us at P.O. Box 460727, San Francisco, CA, 94146. Chaksam-Pa is a non-profit organization and is sponsored in part by Tibet House.

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