Date of Birth: June 4. 1971
Education: Spiritual Education for 12 years
Languages: English, Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan
Ani Choying Drolma, the founder of the Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal, was born in 1971 in Nepal. At the age of 13, she joined Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist nunnery on Shivapuri Mountain on the northern slope of the Kathmandu valley. Her education and spiritual training was supervised by the renowned meditation master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. She was educated in Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies and quickly advanced to the position of the chanting master in the nunnery.
Later, she resigned from this position to become Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's personal health attendant and served him until his parinirvana (passing away) in February 1996. From seeing Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's altruistic life-style, always giving to others, without considering his own welfare, she developed a sincere desire to use whatever capacities she has to benefit beings as much as possible. Because Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche himself held nuns in the same regard as monks, Ani Choying Drolma believes that creating more opportunities for nuns to study and to develop their own capacities for skillful and compassionate action is the best way she can dedicate herself to her teacher's vision throughout her life. She is committed to do whatever she can to promote the advancement of nuns, not only for their own benefit but because they will then be better prepared to serve and benefit others.
Ani Choying Dolma is an internationally reputed singer of Buddhist hymns and chants who has toured extensively in North America and Europe. A philanthropist dedicated to the welfare of Buddhist nuns, who founded the Arya Tara School in the year 2000 for nuns. The school runs with the help of proceeds from her concerts tours, CD sales and donation.
1. Puja Leader and Attendant to Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nagi Gompa
- Led all religious ceremonies and rituals (1988-89) at the Nagi Gompa Hermitage, home to some 100 nuns.
- Served as personal health attendant (1985-1996) to Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, abbot of Nagi Gompa.
2. Professional spiritual singer publicity since 1998.
3. Founder, Nuns' Welfare Foundation (NWF) of Nepal
- The NWF, is a registered non-governmental organization, established in 1998 to promote the education and welfare of nuns so that they may in turn serve the larger community.
- Arya Tara School, the flagship project of NWF, was opened in 2000. It provides both secular and religious training in Tibetan, Dharma, Nepali, English, Math and Science to more than 70 young nuns.
- The Thangka Painting School, another project under the banner of NWF was opened on 25th March 2007 at the Arya Tara School premises in Pharping. This is the only and the first school to teach the Tibetan art form of Thangka painting to nuns in Nepal.
- With support from Ani Choying’s well-wishers, Heri and Margret Wirth, water for the World, Germany, she also built a water reservoir with a capacity of one hundred and fifty thousand liters of water in the Seti Devi village which saw completion on November 21, 2006. This project is dedicated to the rural women of this region for whom the duty of carrying loads of water everyday from nearby water sources has been tremendously reduced.
CD Recording on the names:
a) “CHO” in 1997 for Worldwide release by an American CD company, Rykodisc.
b) '' DANCHING DAKINI'' in 1999.
c) '' CHOYING '' in 2000.
d) ''SELWA'' worldwide released in United States American in 2004, produced by Music Nepal (P) Ltd. Anamnagar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
e) ''MOMENT OF BLISS '' in the year 2004, produced by Music Nepal (P) Ltd. Anamnagar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
f) ''SMILE'' released in 2005 by Music Nepal (P) Ltd. Anamnagar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
g) '' INNER PEACE I '' in 2006 and manufactured & marketed by SAC Music International, Kathmandu, Nepal.
h) ''TIME '' album released in the year 2007 and produced by Music Nepal (P) Ltd. Anamnagar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
i) ''AMA'' in 2009 and produced, marketed and distributed by Ani Choying Drolma, Kathmandu, Nepal.
j) ''MATAKALA'' in 2009 and produced, marketed and distributed by Ani Choying Drolma, Kathmandu, Nepal.
k) '' MATAKALA'' in 2009 and produced, marketed and distributed by Ani Choying Drolma, Kathmandu, Nepal.
l) ''INNER PEACE II'' is the second part of INNER PEACE I, released in 2010, manufactured and marketed by SAC Music International, Kathmandu, Nepal.
m) ''MANGAL VANI '' in October 12th, 2011, manufactured and markted by SAC Music International, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Her songs and original music has also appeared on various albums, including " Head Massage" by Soul Flip and the "Buddha Bar" complilation.
4.Ani Choying was declated as the Ambassador of World Kidney Day in the first ever launched 'World Kidney Day ' celebrated in Nepal on March 08th 2006.
5. Executive Board Member for Lumbini Development Trust from 2007 - 2009.
6. Organizing and Selection Committee member for '' Gautam Buddha International Peace Award '' 2010 - 2011.
7. Cultural Ambasaddor for World View Nepal with the objective of playing a participatory role in the sustainable development of Nepal.
8. Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal Tourism Year in 2011.
9. Patron for Rollback Violence Campaign Nepal.
10. President of '' Nuns' Welfare Foundation of Nepal''.
11. President of '' Aarogya Foundation''.
12. Advisor Nepal Buddhist Federation 2011.
13. Goodwill Ambassador of Visit Lumbini Year 2012.
14. Goodwill Ambassador of N-Peace Networl 2012 to support women peace and security.
In 1998: Conducted concert tour of 14 cities in US
In 1999: Conducted concert tour of 14 cities in North America. Performed 10 concerts in France, Germany, and Switzerland
In 2000: Conducted concert tour of 14 cities in North America. Performed concerts in Scotland, United Kingdom, Germany and US
In 2001: Conducted concert tour of 19 cities in Europe. Performed 1 concert in Singapore
In 2002: Conducted concert tour of 16 cities in Europe. Conducted concert tour of 5 cities in US. Performed 1 concert in Singapore
In 2003: Conducted concert tour of 25 cities in Europe. Performed 10 concerts in France, Germany, and Switzerland. Performed concert for the spiritual gathering at Mirik, Darjeeling on 17th April, 2003. Performed concert at Hotel Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu on May 26, 2003. Performed concert in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, and Pokharebung, India in August 15, 2003. Conducted concert tour of 25 cities in Europe.Performed 10 concerts in France, Germany, and Switzerland
In 2004: Conducted a concert tour in Denmark. Performed a fundraising concert at The Bluestar Hotel, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu. Performed a concert in Italy on World Human Rights Day. Performed a concert at Forum 2004, Barcelona. Performed a fundraising concert at the Garden Of Dreams, Keshar Mahal, Kathmandu. Conducted concert tour in USA and Switzerland in October Performed concerts in many cities in Germany (Oct-Nov) 2004. Performed concerts in Barcelona, Spain. Performed a concert in Hong Kong on December 28,2004
In 2005: Concert tour in the US accompanied by Steve Tibbets( guitarist) and Marc Anderson
( percussionist) in March. Performed concerts in the US till April 17 and in Bonn, Germany on Nepal Day (30th April 2005). Sixth Annual fundraising concert held on June 24 at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza in Kathmandu and on June 25 at the Royal Nepal Academy Hall in Kathmandu. Performed concerts in Switzerland, Italy and Germany in July. Concerts in Hong Kong, and in various cities in Germany and Switzerland in September. Performed concerts in 20 cities in Germany in October and November.
In 2006: Concert tour in Germany in April. Performed at the celebration of the 20th birthday of KINDERHILFE NEPAL in Bamberg. Concert tour in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka) in May and in Switzerland in July. The annual fundraising concert was held at the Royal Nepal Academy Hall in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 1st. Concert tour in Germany in August and in Switzerland in October, 2006.
In 2007: Concert tour in Paris, France in March and the annual fundraising concert was held at Royal Nepal Academy Hall in Kathmandu, Nepal on December 15th. Performed at the 10th Year Anniversary and fundraising event of the National Kidney Centre on 10th April 2007, Kathmandu, Nepal.
In 2008: Concert tour in London, Barcelona in December. Concert in Toronto to raise funds for Koshi flood survivors in August.
In 2009: Concert tour in Switzerland in March, Poland in May, various cities in Germany in July. Performed at the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's Buddhist association on the occasion of Buddha Birthday on May 2009. Performed a fundraising concert in Nepal on December 2009.
In 2010: Performed at the H.H.Kyabje Dilgo Khenyentse Rinpoche’s 100 years centenary celebration on February, 2010 in Nepal. Performed at the Religious and Cultural Program in Lumbini, Nepal on March 2010. Promote ‘‘Tourism Destination in Manang’’ and performed at Buddha’s Birthday Celebration in Hong Kong on May 2010. Attained the 100 centenary celebration of H.H. Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in Bhutan on May, 2010. Performed at the Birthday Celebration of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and NRN Concert in Moscow, Russia on July 2010.
In 2011: Concert at Primitive in Chicago, Illinois on March 2011. Concert tour in Germany and Switzerland in April. The fundraising concert was held at Auditorium Hall Army Club, Kathmandu, Nepal on 30th April 2011. Performed at His Eminence Tenga Rinpoche 80th Birthday Celebration on April 2011. New album "Mangal Vani" was launched on May 06th, 2011 at Gardens of Dreams, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. Attended the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award Ceremony & Buddha’s Birthday Celebration on 17th May, 2011. Concert tour in Canada, New York, Washington DC and Chicago in July, 2011. Performed at the 4th New Music Week 2011 – Diversity Concert on September, 2011 at Shanghai, China and Buddhist Hymns and Culture on October 2011 at Singapore. Performed at the Celestial Songs in Hong Kong on November 2011.
In 2012: Concert tour in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia in January 2012. Performed at Sangha Lunch offering in Malaysia on February 2012. Performed at Taiwan and Ahmadabad, India on April. Concert tour in Poland and performed at World Buddhist Assembly Bangkok, Thailand on May.
PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS, FESTIVALS & CONFERENCES
Ravinia Festival (1999), Illinois, US
US Smithsonian Folk Life Festival (2000), Washington, D.C.
Scotland Millennium Festival (2000), Glen Lyon, Scotland
Sixth World Music Festival (2001), Barcelona, Spain
Donohue Festival (2002), Austria
Participated in the Stimmen Festival/Voices Festival (July1,2,3) Switzerland in July 2005
Participated in the Festival Musicale Del Mediterraneo (July 6),Genua, Italy in July 2005
Performed at the Enjoy Jazz Festival in Heidelberg together with the musicians Kudsi Ergüner, (Turkey, Michel Godard, (France) in March, 2006.
Performed at the New York Festival with the Shenwei Dance Art family in September 2006.
Norway festival(2008)Performed at the European Spiritual Film Festival in Paris (March 23, 24) France in July 2009.
Performed at the 3rd International Festival of Sacred Arts in India on March 2011.
Performed at the Maitreya Cultural Festival in Fenghua, China on 19th September, 2011.
Performed at the 2011 Wesak Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18th June, 2011.
Attended the 6th NRN Regional Conference 2011 on July 2011 in Russia.
Performed at the Maitreya Cultural Festival in Zhejiang Fenhua, China on September 19th, 2011.
Performed at the India Folk Music Festival on October 2011 in Rajasthan, India.
World Women’s Conference, Beijing Plus Five (2000), U.N. Headquarters, New York
Sakyadita 6th International Conference of Buddhist Women (2000), Lumbini, Nepal
Women of Peace Conference (2001), Torrino, Italy
Harvard University Bridge Builders Conference (2003), Cambridge, Mass., US.
World Social Forum, Mumbai, India.(Jan 2004)
Conference in USA(March 2004)
Attended and performed in the second global NRN conference held in BICC, Kathmandu, Nepal in October 2005
Attended the NRN Regional Conference in Germany in June 2006. Performed at the celebration of the 100 years of Buddhism in Hamburg, Germany.
Attended and performed on the occasion of Nepal Day in Hamburg on 5th May 2007.
Attended and performed in the 6th NRN Regional Conference 2011 on July 2011.
Attended and NRN Global Conference held in Nepal on October 2011.
AWARDS AND RECOGNIZATION
Felicitated and awarded 5000 Euros at the Weitsicht festival(Oct 2004)Felicitated by Everest Foundation Nepal(August 2004)
Inaugurated “Samay Chakra”an art exhibition by Ragini Upadhya in Siddharth Art gallery, Kathmandu in April 2005.
Awarded the Image Channel award for the Best Female Vocal performance for her song “Phoolko Aankhama” from her album, “Moments of Bliss”. The song was also awarded the best song of the year in May 2005.
Honorary guest in the Abraham Conservation Awards organized by WWF, Nepal in June 2005.
Awarded the “Chinnalata Githi Puruskar” in Kathmandu for best female vocal performance in August 2005.
Felicitated by the Metro FM 94.1, Kathmandu, Nepal in September 2005
Awarded Best Devotional Album by the Tibetan Music Awards held in Mcleod Ganj(Delhi) on October 22 2005.
All of the money raised through Ani Choying's performances and record sales go directly to the Nuns Welfare Foundation.