“Never Lose The Light” – Forbidden Tibetan Song by Tawo Sisters from Germany

Serlha and Youlha Tawo – Tibetan sisters born in Germany

Born in Germany, Tibetan sisters – Serlha and Youlha are both gifted singers who sing Tibetan and English songs. They are the daughters of a very well-known Tibetan singer, philanthropist and medical doctor by profession – Dr. Lobsang Palden Tawo. Sadly, this legend is no more with us but his legacy continues.

Like their father, the Tawo sisters are pursuing their careers in medicine in Germany and Switzerland. Popularly known as Tawo Palden la, their father was an amazing Tibetan story-teller. I listened to his story-telling and songs many times when I was growing up in a refugee camp in Nepal. Tawo Palden la often performed in Europe with his good friend and veteran Tibetan singer Nelung Tsering Topden la from Switzerland. I will dedicate a separate piece on Nelung Topden la.


Serlha was born in 1982 in Engelskirchen, Germany. Like her older sister, Serlha also studied medicine and is a practising physician in Switzerland.

Serlha Tawo

Serlha learned piano when she was young. Just like her siblings Serlha’s first musical experience started at school. Her song, “You are on my mind” in Trinkhor V, which she sang together with the famous Tibetan singer, Sherten, became very popular. Sherten is highly-sought Tibetan singer who lives in China’s occupied Tibet.


Youlha Tawo

Youlha was born in Heidelberg, Germany. After finishing her school in Lüdenscheid, Youlha studied medicine at the University of Bonn. Since 2005 Youlha has been working as a doctor in different German hospitals. Currently, she is a self-employed physician.

Youlha started playing piano since her childhood and later she learned guitar. Youlha’s first stage experience started at school, when she also performed some of her own songs in English. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 with her song, “Women’s Right“.

It’s Friday, so enjoy Tibetan Tawo sisters’ songs by clicking the links below!

སྐྱིད་པའི་རྡ་རམ་ས་ལ། Beautiful Dharamsala (Trinkhor V)
ངའི་བརྩེ་བའི་ཕ་ཡུལ་བོད། MY BELOVED HOMELAND (TRINKHOR V)

Further information:


Tadra Project USA

Dr. Lobsang Palden Tawo and Mrs. Chonyi Tawo
Tadra project is a non-profit organization established in 1995 by late Dr. L. Palden Tawo, his wife Chonyi Lhamo Tawo, friend Mr. Yeshi Gompo and few German friends in Germany.  So far we have served over 800 children and now have students in Universities. The children have achieved academic excellence and able to compete with other schools in the region and excel in academics and cultural activities.

Tadra project is run by volunteers and now has branch in Switzerland and in the USA.Tadra project USA is registered under Tadra Project USA Inc. under the 501 © (3) of Internal Revenue Service code. Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the code.
EIN: 35-2276805
Approved by IRS: January 19th 2007
It is based in New Mexico, USA


Author: Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

NGO Professional | Activist | Author | Founder and Chairman, Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM)

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