25 November, 2020

Ani Choying Drolma

The ‘singing nun’ from Nepal on collaborating with A.R. Rahman and her journey beyond the monastery

Ani Choying Drolma

A nun and an international pop star­—how do you balance the two roles?

I try not to think about it. I am who I am and I enjoy what I do. The fact that it makes people happy keeps me going.

What was your childhood like?

In Nepal, as a girl, you’re expected to bow to the patriarchal system. Although I attended school, a future of marriage and housework beckoned. I became a nun to escape this life.

How was your experience at the Nagi Gompa nunnery?

It was paradise. For the first time, I was allowed to be a child and given the love and kindness I deserved.

Why did you popularise your music?

It was unplanned. American guitarist Steve Tibbetts came up with the idea and I thought it was a great chance to steer my projects.

What message do you want to convey through music?

We’re too competitive and pressurised these days. Through my music, I want to help people realise their spiritual...



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