Aku Tongmi: A Song for Bhutan | Book + CD

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Aku Tongmi: A Song for Bhutan | Book + CD

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Aku Tongmi: A Song for Bhutan
The Life Story of the Composer of Bhutan's National Anthem

Book + CD included!

This beautiful children's book tells the inspiring life story of composer Aku Tongmi, who was recruited into the Bhutanese Army from his remote rural village at a young age and eventually became a close personal servant to two Bhutanese kings, beloved first conductor of the Royal Army Band, an important teacher of traditional music and dance, and a generous builder of Buddhist temples and shrines. Illustrated by leading Bhutanese artist Pema Tshering, the book provides a wonderful little window into mid-twentieth century Bhutanese life and history. Full bilingual text (English/Dzongkha) of the story and CD song lyrics are included.

Accompanying CD features the national anthem and other songs in traditional styles performed by Bhutanese children.

Photo:  Authors Janet Herman (left) and Jane Hancock (right) with Tashi Norbu (middle), son of Aku Tongmi.

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