Dechen Shak-Dagsay is a contemporary singer of traditional Tibetan Buddhist mantras. She is the Tibetan-born daughter of the Venerable Dagsay Tulku. Born in India in 1961, in first year of the Chinese occupation of Tibet, Dechen fled with her family to Switzerland in 1965, where she has resided ever since.
Strongly committed to "preserving Tibetan culture in the West," Dechen studied and performed traditional Tibetan music and dance throughout her childhood and adolescence. However, she considers herself to be truly a product of Eastern and Western culture.