Thimphu: Music

Inspiring musical performances at 4:05am, 4:45am and 5:30am from the dog in the alley outside my hotel room window, with a dramatic chorus of his compatriots shortly thereafter, offer yet another perspective on the Thimphu art scene. While the musicality of the event proved erratic at best, the sheer power and emotional depth on display immediately captured my full attention. Plaintive high notes punctuated a bass line with real gravitas, and the resulting groove really connected with this audience. These artists evoked some powerful emotions.

Artist Troupe

Artist Troupe

Packs of these musicians roam the streets here in Thimphu, with impromptu performances a common daily occurrence, and all of it apparently free. God knows how they eat unless it’s each other, Buddhism notwithstanding. Gentrification of this artistic scene has not been a problem.

At 600am you can stand in the middle of the street

At 600am you can stand in the middle of the street

The main shopping street

The main shopping street

I felt a strange but palpable relief when the performance finally ended around 6am. Musicians paint with silence, it’s been said, and I’ve never appreciated it more than early this morning outside the Seryna hotel in this boogie capital of Bhutan.

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