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Five Elements Chuba Collection presented on Oct 1st for Culture Days 2011 in Parkdale October 20, 2011

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In celebration of this year’s Canada Culture Days, DreBu presented “Tibetan Chuba: Ancient Dresses in Modern Times”, on Saturday, Oct 1, 2011. The collection of seven original Tibetan dresses was designed and hand-painted by Kalsang Dolma, a Canadian – Tibetan artist based in Parkdale, Toronto. 

Seven youth models presented the colorful dresses in a series of orchestrated movements and demonstrations. The show was accentuated by the live musical performances of Tsewang and Kunsang.
More than sixty people attended this show through the course of the day. By paying homage to the traditional Tibetan motifs in a contemporary setting, Ms. Dolma hoped to highlight the importance of cultural understandings and community-based arts initiatives.

The event was held at the Parkdale Public Library.

For the photo album on DreBu’s facebook page, visit/click here.

Five Elements Chuba Collection Exhibit Team Oct 1

Presentation Team Members:Kalsang Dolma – Artist/Designer & DreBu’s Founding Director
Gelek Badheytsang – Photographer and DreBu’s Founding Director
Tseten Lhundup – Musician (male)
 Tenzin Choedhen – Musician (female)
Agar Badheytsang – Male Model
Lodoe Gyatso – Male Model
Sonam Dickyi – Female Model

Tenzin Nyidon – Female Model
Jamyang Dolma – Female Model
Tenzin Samten – Female Model
Tenzin Yeshi – Female Model

Comments from Audience and the presentation team members:

 

Chuba Art and Style Demonstration by Kalsang

Fabulous presentation & creations of dress. Thank you for sharing (Ali)
 
Thank you for the experience! It was wonderful ! (Tish)
 
Great Presentation, Kalsang. Very Beatiful. Thank you. Best Wishes (Jennifer)
 
I love it. Keep up your good job for spirit Tibet. Good Luck! (Dadoen Jangdong)
 
This was awesome!! Best of Luck (Lobsang Mentuh and Pemme Mentuh Tulotsang)
 
Congrats on the amazing performance, it was beautiful  – both the dresses and music. Thank you for sharing your talent and ART (Glenys)
 
 

Chuba Models presenting in graceful Walks

 
This was simply an amazing experience. I’ve always dreamt of modelling, walking down the aisle with a beautiful dress. Thank you to acha Kalsang for giving all of us an opportunity to be ourselves and portray our Tibetan culture. (model – Tenzin Samten)
 
 
I had a wonderful time today, at the “Culture Days”. It was a life time memory experience. It was so inspiring to see the art, and being able to wear it was a privelege. Thank you to all audience for making this happen, and Acha Kalsang for her wonderful art (model, Jamyang Dolma)
 
 
This was an amazing experience. Even though I did not model, I still had fun backstage. I can’t wait to experience this in November again. THank you acha Kelsang. (“Teddy” Tenzin Tsetan)
 
 
I really like the chubas. It gave the old chubas a modern twist. Thank you. (Musician, Tenzin Kunsang Choedhen)
 

Five Elements Chuba Collection - Model Girls

 
 
Amazing time with amazing people and beautiful dress! (Model, Tenzin Yeshi)
 
I love all the Chubas. It was fun time. (Model, Tenzin Nyidon)
 
 
Love to being part of this show. I loved everything especially the Chubas. I must say Miss Kalsang, U did a great job. Love it. I really enjoyed a lot. (Model, Sonam Dickyi)
 
 
Love the Chuba. (Tenzin Sungrap)
 
 
The event was awesome, having these events will increase the Tibetan youth’s knowledge about our culture. (Model, Agar Badheytsang)
 
 
The event was successful, unique chuba designs. (model, Lodoe Gyatso)
 
 

Playing Dranyen to the Five Elements Chuba Presentation

 
 Featuring Tibetan Chuba as the art canvas was unique where it encourages younger generation to participate and feel proud of our heritage. All young people as the model volunteers got to wear the Chuba with the orginal paintings by an artist bringing up the value of  traditions in our modern times.  It was great to be part of this live presentation by playing the music and helping co-ordinate graceful Tibetan dance movements into the walks. The visual effect of playing to the beautiful cultural art in focus was unique,special and a feast to the eyes! (Musician, Tseten Lhundup)

THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you at our next presentation/exhibit in the first week of November at Road to Asia Festival 2011.

Tenzin Khando - Supporter of the Chuba Presentation on Oct 1st - National Culture Days 2011

Our special Thanks to Ms. Tenzin Khando in supporting us with a generous donation towards marketing cost (posters, printing) and honorarium to our musicians. Thank you for your support!

Art and Design of the collection by Kalsang Dolma

Photography by Gelek Badheytsang

Slide show of more pictures from the event, click below and enjoy!

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DreBu showcases Tibetan art and performance at Road to Asia 2010 February 27, 2011

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Over 3000 people from all over GTA enjoyed Road to Asia 2010 festival during its 10th anniversary weekend on Nov 6th and 7th . DreBu was happy to be part of  the best of Asian cultures sharing our traditions and arts through music, performance and food.

Tsetan Lhudrup was the featured performing artist for the Tibetan cultural music and dance; he performed a couple of popular songs on his dranyen.

DreBu organized an art demonstration using  a cyclindrical pillar-like model (paper board material) where Tibetan architectural and  colorful motifs are put up with  sculptural clay material using the art of Tibetan butter sculpture known as “KarGyen” in Tibetan. Throughout the festival weekend, Ngawang and Kalsang worked on it from scratch; drawing the design sketch first and then laying and filling them out with the colorful clay. The completed peice will be displayed in 2011.

DreBu sold Tibetan momos and noodles to raise funds in order to meet with the participation expenses to pay our artists and performers. The participants were appreciative of the authentic taste of the beef and vegetarian dumplings!

DreBu believes in supporting our professional artists by compensating for their works which encourages them to continue to work in their artistic skills and to pass on the knowledge through sharing with the younger generation members of the communities and the  public at large.

We would like to thank Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for hosting such an important and wonderful cultural festival which is apolitical by nature and open to all Asian cultures for fostering sharing/collaboration of our artistic traditions contributing to the diversity of Canada and the world. And special thanks to Christine Takasaki for being such an untiring and gracious co-ordinator of this annual event. (photo with Christine!)

Last but not the least, DreBu thank all the volunteers to make our participation at the 10th Road to Asia a success!  Thank you to Jamyang Dorjee, Lobsang Rapten, Norbu Samten Naftel, Tenzin Pelmo, Tenzin Namsel, Norbu Dhundup and Tsering Dickyi.

We look forward to coming back in 2011 with a surprise presentation.

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Asian Heritage Month: Tibetan Performance “DraNyen Shabdro” in Parkdale June 26, 2010

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On Saturday, May 15, Drebu organized a special presentation of Tibetan music, dance and youth breakdancing to commemorate the national Asian Heritage Month in May. This annual event is sponsored by Toronto Public Library all across the GTA. The event in Parkdale was held in Parkdale Public Library since this community is a major Tibetan hub in North America. This was also the first free public Tibetan musical performance arranged by the library. The hour-long event started at 2 pm, and was attended by nearly 80 people.

Kushog Ngawang la

Kushog (Tibetan for monk) Ngawang la recited a prayer called “Mani Monlam”, using the Buddhist ritual instruments Drilbu and Damaru (a bell and a hand-held miniature drum-like instrument). The Drilbu and Damaru’s sound represent the speech/teachings aspect of an enlightened mind to help dispel bad energy while bringing in positive vibes and peace of mind. The prayer was dedicated to universal harmony and to those who suffered in the tragic earthquakes in Haiti and Tibet.

Break dancing youth

Two Parkdale youth, Vinoth and Norbu, performed a break dance routine to Asian beats.

Tseten performing his Dramnyen

Tsetan la, a master traditional Tibetan musician who graduated from the Tibetan Performing Arts Centre in Dharamsala, India, performed three songs on his “Dramnye”, a traditional Tibetan string instrument. This style of performance is also called, “Dramnye Shabdro” meaning “dancing to the sweet and melodious sound”. The first song was titled, “Kalpa Sang So”: a song calling us to remember our past generations and their contributions. He also performed a traditional Western Tibetan song, “BangZoe”: a song about identifying the real treasures in our lives. The last song was, “Dolma Lhakhang” in dedication to the female Buddha and Protectress.

Tibetan Dancers

Two young female performing artists, Tenzin Choekyi and Sonam Choekyi, presented two dances. One demonstrating the lives of farmers working in the fields and another on appreciating nature.

The event concluded with light snacks and refreshments.

All performers received a modest honorarium offered by Toronto Public Library in appreciation for sharing our culture and taking part in keeping the diverse Canadian culture dynamic and thriving.

Thank you to Miranda Huska, Parkdale Library Branch Head in initiating this program. Thank you to Dolkar and Kalsang in volunteering as the gracious ushers for the event. Thank you to Kalden for being the DJ of breakdancing.

Drebu would also like to thank all the performers and the attendants who came out in support of the event to celebrate Tibetan Culture and Asian Heritage as part of Canada!

Drebu organizers with some of the participants and supporters

Kalsang Dolma, Co-founder and Director

Gelek Badheytsang, Co-founder and Director

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Drebu Applauds Tsering Dolma, 2010 Pioneer Award Winner April 9, 2010

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Drebu would like to congratulate fellow Tibetan Ms. Tsering Dolma for being awarded the 18th New Pioneers Award on Feb 25, 2010.  This award is a program of Skills for Change, an organization based in Toronto: the award is presented as a tribute to individuals and groups who have contributed to the understanding and sharing of Ontario’s cultural diversity.  Please click here New Pioneers Award to learn more about the significance of this award.

Ms. Dolma’s work in her community and her workplace at University Settlement earned her one of six New Pioneers Awards – which recognize the achievements and contributions of newcomers to Canada – which was presented by Skills for Change at the Royal York hotel.

Ms. Dolma arrived as a refugee in Canada and achieved an impressive array of accomplishments through her initiative and commitment. She currently works as a community development worker at University Settlement in downtown Toronto.

Ms. Dolma with the other Pioneer Award winners

Drebu is honored to have been approached by Ms. Tsering herself to organize an event with Tibetan artiste to lead the 2010 award recepients.  Drebu organized two talented Tibetan youth performing artists to do a traditional dance performance and lead the winners to the stage. Lodoe (boy) and Chuki (girl) kicked off the ceremony by rhythmically dancing to a song which was sung by Tibetans in Minnesota to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Lodoe and Chuki lead the Award winners to the stage

They performed one more traditional Tibetan dance routine before the awards were conferred to the winners.

Chuki dances in front of the audience during the 2010 Pioneer Awards

The audience from all over Toronto was offered a wonderful opportunity to see a glimpse of Tibetan culture.  Congratulations, Tsering and all the 2010 Pioneer Award winners!  Thank you to Lodoe and Chuki for your wonderful performance and sharing Tibetan art and culture with the fellow Canadians!

The Tibetan youth dancers with Ms. Tsering Dolma and the event organizers

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Drebu at the Road to Asia Festival, 2009 November 26, 2009

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On Nov. 7 and 8, Drebu participated in the annual Road to Asia Festival hosted by and at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto.

Kalsang introduces the Tibetan monks at the Road to Asia festival

Kalsang introduces the Tibetan monks at the Road to Asia festival

The festival featured a wide range of Asian cultural performances, artifacts and food: Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Pakistan and Tibet.

Drebu introduced the Tibetan acts for the two-day festival. On Saturday, Nov. 7, Mingmar Tsering performed Tibetan traditional folk songs singing, and playing the dranyen (Tibetan guitar) and flute on two different stage times.

Mingmar, Tibetan singer

Mingmar performs with the dranyen

The following Sunday, Nov. 8, we featured Tibetan monks on two separate acts. The first act featured three monks reciting “Kyamdro (refuge), Nyense (invitation) and Ngowa (dedication)”. The second act involved a monk invoking Padmasambhava for world peace.

Tibetan monks at the Road to Asia festival 2009

Tibetan monks at the Road to Asia festival 2009

The monks are: Lobsang Gawa, Jampa Tsering and Ngawang Rabjor Lama.

Throughout the two-day Road to Asia festival Drebu featured a Tibetan painter at the children’s area. Tenpa, who studied in India, painted traditional Tibetan sketches which many children and adults delightfully coloured and filled. He guided them along the process and enjoyed the experience of presenting Tibetan art at the festival.

Tenpa at the JCCC

Tenpa with a young budding artist

All of the festival participants were offered an honorarium by Drebu as a recognition and appreciation for their contribution in helping promote Tibetan arts and culture in Toronto.

We thank all our sponsors for their support, and to JCCC for inviting us to participate in this wonderful and fun festival. Our sponsors are listed in the previous blog post.

Please enjoy the photographs of the event displayed on the right.

Notice the Tibetan flag on the far left (one of four flags featured at the festival!)

Notice the Tibetan flag on the far left (one of four flags featured at the festival!)

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