Special Correspondent

Guwahati: Ngawang Tashi Bapu a.k.a. Lama Tashi of Bomdila in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has become the first Buddhist monk to have been nominated for this year's Grammy awards being held at Los Angeles on February 8. His nomination comes in the category of Best Traditional World Music Album for solo performance.

The 38-year old monk, who is Principal of the Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Study, at Dahung in Bomdila, has been nominated for his album "Tibetan Master Chants" brought out by Spirit Music.

The album comprises 12 popular mantras or religious hymns of Tibetan Buddhism, including "Om Mani Padme Hum." It features the sacred deep voice chanting of Lama Tashi, one of the world's foremost Tibetan chant masters. The CD was produced by Jonathan Godman, an award winning artist himself, and author of Healing Sounds.