Ani Choying Drolma
Chöying Drölma in 2011
|Native name||आनी छोइङ डोल्मा|
|Born||June 4, 1971 (age 45)
|Labels||Six Degrees Records
Ani Choying Drolma (Nepali: आनी छोइङ डोल्मा (born June 4, 1971), in Kathmandu, Nepal, also known as Choying Drolma and Ani Choying (Ani, "nun", is an honorific), is a Nepalese Buddhist nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa nunnery in Nepal. She is known in Nepal and throughout the world for bringing many Tibetan Buddhist chants and feast songs to mainstream audiences. She has been recently appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal.
Ani Choying was born on June 4, 1971, in Kathmandu, Nepal, to Tibetan exiles. She entered monastic life as a means of escape from her physically abusive father, and she was accepted into the Nagi Gompa nunnery at the age of 13. For a number of years, the monastery's resident chant master (who was trained directly by the wife of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche) taught Ani Choying the music that she is famous for performing.
In 1994, guitarist Steve Tibbetts visited the nunnery and eventually recorded much of the Tibetan music with Ani Choying on two albums. The recordings, titled Chö and Selwa, were released to critical acclaim. Tibbetts and Ani Choying embarked on small performance tours, which included shows at several historical Tibetan monasteries.
Ani Choying Drolma is part of a fairly large group of musicians in the Tibetan tradition now active outside Tibet, including the singers Techung, Karjam Saeji, Phurbu T Namgyal, Amchok Gompo Dhondup, Yungchen Lhamo, flautist Nawang Khechog, and Jewish-American Tibetan-genre performer Amalia Rubin.
- Chö (1997) (with Steve Tibbetts)
- Dancing Dakini (1999)
- Choying (2000)
- Moments Of Bliss (2004)
- Selwa (2004)
- Smile (2005)
- Taking Refuge (2006)
- Inner Peace (2006)
- Time (2007)
- Aama (2009)
- Matakalaa (2010)
- Inner Peace 2 (2010)
- Mangal Vani (2011)
- Clear Light (2012)
- Zariya - Ani, A R Rahman, Farah Siraj—Coke Studio (Season 3) at MTV (2013)
Ani Choying has been involved in several humanitarian works. She has advocated the need for an official Earth Anthem for the planet supporting the efforts of Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K in this direction. She was part of India Inclusion Summit where she delivered a heart-warming speech.
- Drolma appointed Unicef Nepal ambassador The Kathmandu Post, April 12, 2014
- "Buddhist Nun Shares The Sound Of Music". NPR.org. 13 March 2011.
- "Nun's Welfare Foundation of Nepal". choying.com.
- Team MRP (4 August 2013). "Exclusive: MTV Coke Studio Season 3: Zariya by A.R. Rahman: Extraordinary". MovieReviewPreview.Com.
- Manisha, Drolma for Earth Anthem The Kathmandu Post, 22 April 2014
- Spreading Cheer with Magic Wand of World Music KnowYourStar.com, 27 March 2015.