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Druk Tsenden (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་ཙན་དན, Dzongkha pronunciation: [ʈuk̚˩ t͡sen˥.te˩]; The Thunder Dragon Kingdom") is the national anthem of Bhutan. Adopted in 1953, the lyrics were written by Dolop Droep Namgay and possibly translated into English by Dasho Gyaldun Thinley. The accompanying music was composed by Aku Tongmi.
|English: 'The Thunder Dragon Kingdom'|
National anthem of Bhutan
|Lyrics||Dorji Lopen Droep Namgay|
Dasho Gyaldun Thinley
Despite claims made in Brozović's Enciklopedija (1999) and many subsequent authors, who attribute the authorship of the national anthem to Gyaldun Thinley, father of the former Prime Minister Jigme Thinley, there are many who believe that the words and the national anthem itself were penned by Dorji Lopen Dolop Droep Namgay of Talo, Punakha. The Dorji Lopen is the most senior of the four senior Lopens in Bhutan's religious establishment, and often serves as the Deputy Je Khenpo. Dolop Droep Namgay maintained close personal and working relations with the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, during whose reign Gyaldun Thinley served in various capacities.
It is possible that Gyaldun Thinley may have been involved in working closely with Dolop Droep Namgay as well as translating the lyrics into English. It is also highly likely that he (and/or his son Jigme Thinley who served in many important government and political capacities since the 1990s) was one of the persons of first contact for Dalibor Brozović who attributed Gyaldun Thinley as the author of the lyrics; however, many regard Dolop Droep Namgay as the author.
Aku Tongmi was educated in India and had recently been appointed leader of the military brass band when the need for an anthem rose at the occasion of a state visit from the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. His original score was inspired by the Bhutanese folk tune "The Unchanging Lotus Throne" (Thri nyampa med pa pemai thri). The melody has twice undergone changes by Tongmi's successors as band leaders. The original lyrics were 12 lines, but were shortened to the present six-line version in 1964 by a secretary to the king.
|Original in Dzongkha||Roman Dzongkha||English translation|
Dru tsend°en kepä gäkhap na
In the Kingdom of Bhutan adorned with cypress trees,
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- "Bhutan: The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan". www.wipo.int. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
- "National Anthem". Bhutan Portal. Government of Bhutan. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
- This transcription is based on the official Dzongkha romanization by Dr. George van Driem, see http://www.himalayanlanguages.org/files/driem/pdfs/1991Romanization.pdf
- "Constitution of Bhutan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
- Minahan, James (2009). The Complete Guide to National Symbols and Emblems. 1. Greenwood Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-313-34498-5. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
- Druk tsendhen - Audio of the national anthem of Bhutan, with information and lyrics
- National anthems.net midi file
- Dookola Swiata - This travel website has an instrumental version of the Anthem, as an .asx file.
- Children sing the anthem - This website has a sound file of Bhutanese children singing the Anthem without musical accompaniment.
- Dragon King of Bhutan calls-on President of the Republic of India on the eve of 63rd Republic Day - The anthem starts at 01:30. Rendition by Rashtrapati AngRakshak.