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Dhondup Namgyal Khorko
Dhondup Namgyal Khorko
Dhondup Namgyal Khorko
Dhondup Namgyal Khorko was born at Pewar, Kham Derghe, Tibet. He started receiving his elementary education at the age of six from his uncle Dr. Paljor Khorko. Later on, he joint the Palpung Choekhorling elementary school. His curruculum consisted of Tibetan language, grammar, arithmetic and Buddhism. Later on, he pursued some advanced subjects, like Tibetan medicine, Tibetan literature and Tibetan sacred music.
When the Chinese Communists invaded Tibet, he along with his family, escaped to Bhutan whe he continued his education in general and Tibetan sacred music in particular with Professor Lama Tsultrim and Ven. Jangpa Tsondue. Later on, he went to India to join the Tibetan refugee school in Darjeeling, India.
While he was at the school, he leisurely continued his Tibetan musical studies with such illustrious teachers like Lama K. Norbu for Tibetan oboe and Master Tsultrim Drabu for the Tibetan long horns, Dungchen in Darjeeling, India. He earned a great recognition for possessing an excellent caliber of learning from his two tutors who finally bestowed upon him certificates of mastering Tibetan oboe and trumpet.
After completing his schooling, he joint the Tibetan school of Public Administration in Delhi, India where he spent several years. After graduating from the public school, he joint the Tibetan exile Government and served it for many years at different capacity including as the personal representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1978, he came to the United States of America and worked as the Assistant to the Dalai Lama’s Representative to the United Nations in the Office of Tibet, New York for several years.
Since 1985 till today, he has been with the MTA Metro-North Railroad holding different positions starting from a Ticket Agent to the managing service quality data information in New York City.
Namgyal Khorko at KTD
Namgyal (left) playing gyaling during a ceremony at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
He performed and gave lectures on Tibetan secular and sacred music at many places including The Lincoln Center, the Manhattan School of Music, Rutge University, Newark Museum of N.J, The Asia Society, Tibetan Museum of Staten Island, the American Museum of Natural History, and the City Corp of New York City during the celebration of Pacific heritage of Americans.
He along with Philip Glass did the soundtrack for the movie, Kundun about the life story of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Kundun was directed by Martin Scorsese. He and his brother Chime Dorjee were the guest artists with Philip Glass and his ensemble at Lincoln Center of New York City in 1998. He also made the soundtrack for a documentary film, Tibet Hope filmed and co-produced by Emmy award-winning cinematographer, William Bacon III of Anchorage, Alaska.