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Tibetans sing for peace and freedom

Music plays a vital role in the lives of Tibetans who are fighting for a free homeland.

music Updated: Aug 22, 2005 18:35 IST

For the Tibetans, fighting for their cause against what they call the Chinese oppression, music plays an important role in their lives.

For the JJI brothers namely, Jamyang, Jigme, Ingsel living in exile at Dharamshala, music has become an intrinsic part of their live, an essential medium to emote their expressions and the feelings of love and gratitude to those sharing the cause of their independence.

They want their music to reach out to all the fighters who are in exile and feel that it will act as a source of strength to them.

"Through my music if I can contribute a bit to my freedom struggle and people especially those who are in prison inside Tibet and are being tortured by the Chinese, I will feel that I have contributed something to the cause. I feel pity for them and for my grandparents. They are the ones who got the problem. I
think music is a God's gift to me," said Jigme, the lead guitarist of the JJI Brothers in exile.

Their music also reflects the respect and gratitude for India, which has always been their well-wisher.

"We are thankful to India for letting us stay here. It's like a second home to us," said Ingsel, the youngest of the JJI brothers.

JJI brothers have been singing and playing music for their compatriots since 1998. They feel that their music, a blend of the modern and western musicwill reach out internationally and help the Tibetan cause. The JJI brothers are also planning to launch a music album very soon. Their earlier album was released in 2002. They sing patriotic songs in Tibetan, Hindi and English languages. (ANI)

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First Published: Aug 22, 2005 20:00 IST