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The Year of Khoomei is Kicked Off by Musical Group "Khorum-Dag"

The group "Khorum-Dag" of Aldyn-Kherel Aldynay’s production house "Toolay", under the aegis of the Year of Khoomei, began its first theatrical tour, with direct support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tuva.

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Oyumaa Dongak, Ben Stevens

School Children in Tuva Stay Home due to Severe frosts

Protracted severe frosts with temperatures sinking to minus 40 degrees Celsius have been keeping general schools shut for the past few days in some parts of southern Siberia. The weather has granted an extra vacation to more than a half of 57,300 school students in the region of Tuva.
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Leading and Being Guided

Ask any Tuvan today, what the mysterious expression “Huun-Huurtu” means, and he’ll answer “sun propeller” or “sun”. But 15 years ago, when the ethno-group of this name was being born, such a concept was not known in Tuva at all. Not in normal, vernacular language. The musicians themselves explain it this way: Huun-Huurtu is a natural effect that appears when the sun is shining through trees or clouds. Huun-Huurtu is “prosvet”. (Transl. note: can be translated as enlightenment, culture, education, or simply light shining through. HJ.) And that is very symbolic.

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Andrei Chymba, translated by Heda Jindrak

Tuvan Fusion

Photo by Serena StuckeTapping out a lively beat, the Tuvan drummer set the pace. A classical string quartet joined in. Igils, traditional Tuvan instruments, rounded out the string section. As the Tuvan musicians began to sing, each producing multiple tones, a rich, full sound enveloped the room. A much bigger sound than one would expect from only seven musicians, it was the pièce de résistance of “Unexpected Voices,” a concert featuring the Tuvan ensemble Alash and a classical string quartet at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) on January 11, 2008.

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Jean Bubley

Tuva Sets up Parliamentarian Tibet Support Group

Parliamentarian Tibet Support Group has been formed by the House of Representatives of the Great Hural of the Republic of Tuva, according to the latest press release by the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat. According to the statement the “Great Hural Parliamentarian Tibet Support Group” has been created “to co-operate with the Parliament of Tibetan Government-in-Exile vide a Parliamentary Decree under Article 65.2 and 65.3 of Charter of the House of Representatives of Great Hural of the Republic of Tuva”.
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Heavy frosts again affect Tuva after two-day warming

After a two-day relative warming in the Tuva republic the frosts there again reached 42-44 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Classes have been totally or partially cancelled in schools of Kyzyl and five rural areas, a duty officer of the Kyzyl mayor’s office told Itar-Tass.

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Diving in Yenissei in Winter

The Christian feast of the Epiphany has been celebrated in Tuva at midnight on January 19 on the Yenissei river near a buddist temple. Orthodox priest Father Viacheslav has made a blessing of the waters ceremony after which people began to dive into a crest-shape ice-hole. It is beleived that diving in water helped cleanse sins and brought spiritual healing. The tradition in Tuva is followed by people of different nationalities. Among the divers members of the government were noted.
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Press-service of Government

All kindergartens and schools Closed in Five Tuvan Villages because of Hepatitis Outbreak

Six kindergartens and six schools were closed down in five Tuvan villages in Todzhinsky District because of a hepatitis A outbreak, Rospotrebnadzor (a federal regulatory agency on health and consumer rights affairs) reported today. 57 children had hepatitis A on Thursday, while on January 11 there had been 38 of them, and 52 – on January 16.
It was decided to close all the kindergartens and schools in those villages. All the patients live in Todzhinsky District of Tuva. The cause of the hepatitis outbreak is being established. Rospotrebnadzor experts are working in the district.
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Performance: Alash Ensemble - Tuvan Throat Singers and Musicians

The tiny republic of Tuva is a giant when it comes to mastery of the human voice. The ancient tradition of throat singing (xoomei in Tuvan) developed among the nomadic herdsmen of Central Asia. Passed down through the generations, but largely unheard by the outside world, xoomei is now the subject of international fascination and has become Tuva's best known export.

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Yale Daily News

Ensemble from Tuva wins Gold Cup

The children’s classical dance ensemble ‘Alantos’ (trained by Raisa Stal-Ool) has won first prize at the Gold Cup international championship and festival, which recently took place in Sochi. Over 500 young performers from all over Russia took part in the contest. It was staged in the concert hall of one the country’s best pension houses – Neva International. Besides dance ensembles, vocal and music groups also took part in the championship, and fashion shows were put on by designers.

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Olga Belan
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