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Tibetan folk performances in unparalleled state of development
08:43, December 12, 2008  

Tibetan ethnic minority is one of Chinese 56 ethnic minorities with profound history and splendid culture. On the phylogeny of human civilization, Tibetan people, who mainly dwell in the southwestern part of China, have nurtured a glorious history and colorful culture of their own. Hence, it is honored as "sea of dancing and singing".

There is a great variety of Tibetan dancing and singing, and some are not strange to us, such as "guoxie", "Shinze dance", "Gorchom circle dance ", "duixie", "Changmo" and so on. Too many to list.

Ever since the peaceful liberation of Tibet, protection as well as inheritance of Tibetan folk song and dance has been highly regarding from both central government and Tibet's local governments. With the emancipation the productive forces, Tibetan art enters into an unparalleled state of development.

In the past, ordinary people didn't have access to enjoying the "kaer", "langma" and "Changmo" dances, except those downtown nobles and religionary classes. Nowaday, they become a popular art in both rural and downtown areas of Tibet, so do other Tibetan folk performances.

On the other hand, with the taking up of traditional Tibetan dance and sing and folk art, literary and artistic creation is developing better than ever.

In the old Tibet, there is few art troupes except "Kaerba Troupe", which only served for rich people and nobles, howbeit, "Kaerba Troupe", to be exact, is not a professional one. The condition changed after the peaceful liberation.

Over the last 50 years, the central government has allocated huge investment to set up dozens of decent professional art troupes, scattering both in rural and downtown areas. It was almost infeasible and incogitable in old Tibet.

With the help form central government, Tibet has nurtured many famous artists, such as singer Cedai Drolma. So far, there are more than 3,600 people engaged in artistic career of different types in Tibet.

Tibetan dancing and singing has applause from people around the country, and even the world. In the past 50 years, a great number of works of Tibetan folk performances were created, including some well-known masterpieces.

The debut of "Favonian", "Tibetan Riddle", "On the Way to Happiness", "Shambhala Not Far Away" and etc., has won positive comments from ordinary audiences and experts, marking folk art of Tibet has entered a well development period.

Source:China Tibet Information Center

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