|English: The Thunder Dragon Kingdom|
National anthem of Bhutan
|Lyrics||Dasho Gyaldun Thinley|
Adopted in 1953, the music is by Aku Tongmi and the words are by Dasho Gyaldun Thinley. Tongmi was educated in India and had recently been appointed leader of the military brass band when the need for an anthem rose at the occasion of a state visit from Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India. His original score was inspired by the Bhutanese folk tune "The Unchanging Lotus Throne" (Thri nyampa med pa pemai thri). The melody has twice undergone changes by Tongmi's successors as band leaders. The original lyrics were 12 lines, but was shortened to the present six-line version in 1964 by a secretary to the king.
|Original in Dzongkha||Transliteration||English translation|
Druk tsenden koepei gyelkhap na
In the Kingdom of Druk, where cypresses grow,
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- Druk tsendhen - Audio of the national anthem of Bhutan, with information and lyrics
- National anthems.net midi file
- Dookola Swiata - This travel website has an instrumental version of the Anthem, as an .asx file.
- Children sing the anthem - This website has a sound file of Bhutanese children singing the Anthem without musical accompaniment.
- Dragon King of Bhutan calls-on President of the Republic of India on the eve of 63rd Republic Day - The anthem starts at 01:30. Rendition by Rashtrapati AngRakshak.