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30 mln yuan allocated for Tibetan intangible cultural heritage protection
15:25, July 27, 2010  

China's central government and the local government of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have allocated 30 million yuan as a special fund to protect and pass down the Tibetan intangible cultural heritages since 2005, according to the Cultural Bureau of TAR.

From 2006 to 2009, the TAR carried out a three-year survey of intangible cultural heritages during which 14 categories of 406 items, 83 traditional opera troupes and 1,177 inheritors were found.

Nyima, deputy director of the Cultural Department of TAR said, "From this year, the TAR will allocate th special fund of intangible cultural heritage protection year by year to train more inheritors and build more cultural infrastructure. At present, a total of 21 items in the project have been listed on the priority of the state-level intangible culture heritages, drawing a special protection fund of 4.38 million yuan. Eight kinds of Tibetan operas are also included on the list."

Currently, two pieces of Tibetan artworks "King Gesar" and "Tibetan opera" have been regarded as the masterpieces of human intangible cultural heritages. In addition, 60 Tibetan intangible cultural heritage items with 53 inheritors have been selected as national intangible cultural heritage. Meanwhile, altogether 222 items with 134 inheritors have been chosen as the provincial-level intangible cultural heritages.

Source:China Tibet Information Center


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