Born in 1969, into a family of nomads in Sarlang town, Qinghai province, Tashi Dhondup is a popular singer and mandolin player throughout the Tibetan area of Amdo.
He released an album titled Torture without Trace in November 2009. The album comprises 13 songs expressing nostalgia for the exiled Tibetan leader HH the Dalai Lama and remembering the crackdown that followed an anti-Chinese unrest across Tibet in March 2008. Chinese authorities at once banned the album, accusing him of composing subversive songs.
On January 5, 2010 a Chinese court in Malho Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, has sentenced him to 15 months jail term and re-education through labour for "separatist activities" related to his music. Tashi was previously detained and beaten by police in Xiningin in September 2008 and accused by Chinese authorities of including 'counter-revolutionary content' in a song entitled 'The Year of 1959,' the year of the Lhasa Uprising and the Dalai Lama's flight into exile.
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