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Perspectives of female throat-singing

Today at a round-table conference at the National museum a whole campaign for promotion of female throat singing started off. We will be speaking about traditions of its performance in the republic and the current existence of female khoomei. The initiative of the debates,  the concert in Kyzyl, and the tour of the districts of the republic belongs to the legendary Tuvan-Austrian singer Sainkho Namchylak and to the only khoomei performing all-female group in the world, "Tyva Kyzy" (Daughters of Tuva).

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Mergen Loigu, translated by Heda Jindrak

The first children's snow leopard festival took place in Tuva

The first children's snow leopard festival took place in TuvaOn the initiative and with the support of the WWF of the "Ubsunur depression" nature preserve, more than five hundred schoolchildren and teachers became the participants of a beautiful holiday, dedicated to the irbis.

On 21-24 April, schoolchildren and teachers of the Erzin, Bai-Taiga and Mongun-Taiga kozhuuns (districts) - the main areas of irbis habitat - became the participants of a festival "Day of the snow leopard".

The holiday devoted to the preservation of the exceptionally rare species of animal is a unique event in Siberia. The closest region where a similar event takes place is in Primorie (Maritime Pacific region), which is the habitat of very rare Far East leopard and the Amur tiger. In April of this year, Tuva opened the season of this "feline" holiday for the first time.

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Tatiana Ivanitskaya, translated by Heda Jindrak

Tuvan shaman in Murmansk

Tuvan shaman in MurmanskAs part of  the "Yagel-fest" festival, a real Tuvan shaman Nikolai Oorzhak came to Murmansk, together with his ensemble "Un-Khun". There were not many of those wishing to hear his healing chants, but those who did come had no regrets about wasted time.

-  I used to be a herder at first, then I wrote slogans - one had to support the party personally, - Nikolai starts the story about his gift.

During Soviet times, really, one could not even think about this type of healing, and Nikolai had not been aware of having any such abilities. He worked at the National Theatre in Tuva, where he often met with masters of throat-singing - khoomei. The unique aspect of this art is that the performes produces two notes simultaneously, that is, he sings in two voices. There are many types of khoomei.

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Komsomolskaya Pravda - Murmansk, translated by Heda Jindrak

Competition of the strongest wrestlers of nomadic peoples of the world will take place in Tuva

Competition of the strongest wrestlers of nomadic peoples of the world will take place in TuvaInternational competition in national types of wrestling will take place in 2011 in the capital of Tuva. This decision was reached by sports authorities of Tuva and Mongolia, which is the main initiator of this competition, as announced by the first deputy of the minister of youth and sports affairs Radislav  Navazhal, who conducted the talks by assignment by the head of the republic Sholban Kara-ool.
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ITAR-TASS, translated by Heda Jindrak

Easter observation in Tuva

The entire world of Orthodox Christianity is celebrating  the Bright resurrection of Christ - Easter. In Kyzyl, traditionally, the believers first attend all-night services at the Holy Trinity church. Easter, the day of  the miraculous resurrection of  Christ, is the culmination of the seven days of mourning - a week of remembrance of  Christ's Way of the Cross. Every day of the Passion week has its own  symbolic significance, and it is observed differently. There are church services every day.

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Viktoria Kondrashova. Tuvinskaya Pravda., translated by Heda Jindrak

Sainkho Namchylak and "Tyva Kyzy" are to perform in Tuva with a charity concert

Sainkho Namchylak and "Tyva Kyzy" are to perform in Tuva with a charity concertA joint concert of Sainkho Namchylak and "Tyva Kyzy" (Daughters of Tuva) will take place in Kyzyl, at the House of  National art, on 30 April.

The concert is dedicated to raising a statue of the Buddha  on Mt. Dogee, planned by  Buddhists of the republic.

As Choduraa Tumat,  leader and founder of "Tyva Kyzy", the only female folk music group that performs throat singing, said,  Sainkho Namchylak is coming to her native country form her musical travels especially to participate in this joint concert. The proceeds of the concert are to go into the fund for  the construction of this majestic statue.

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"Center of Asia",, translated by Heda Jindrak

The 18th season of horse races opens in Tuva

The 18th season of horse races opens in TuvaToday, horse breeders from the whole republic are coming to Chadan. In Tuva. Tomorrow the 18th season of republican horse races opens in Tuva; it is the most popular kind of sport in the republic.

Traditionally the route of the horse riders will take place at Bora-Bulak near the center of Dzun-Khemchik district - the town of Chadan.

According to information supplied by the president of Federation of horse sport of Tuva, Eduard Dagba-Lama,  more than 400 of just the riders of the race horses and horse owners are coming.  Even more fans are expected, who will be using their own motor vehicle transportation.

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The fifth "Living Path of Dersu" festival in Tuva

The fifth "Living Path of Dersu" festival in TuvaTuvan regional section of the "United Russia " party will offer any co-operation to the organizers of the fifth republican festival "Living Path of Dersu", which will take place in Tuvan capital Kyzyl  on 18 - 23 April. This was announced by the leader of Tuvan regional department of the "United Russia" party Eres Sonam. On 22 April there should be a meeting of the festival participants, children's and youth cinematic art and  the functionaries of "United Russia" party.

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Tuvinskaya Pravda, translated by Heda Jindrak

Tuva received the gold medal of the "Tursib" exhibition

Today was the last day of the International exhibition of  tourist and recreational services and airlines, "Tursib-2011, which took place in MVD "Sibirskaya Yarmarka" in Novosibirsk. Among the multitude of Russian and  international participants, the Tuvan presentation booth was visibly different in its exotic appearance, at the very least to visitors who are used to relax on sandy beaches of foreign countries. A traditional Tuvan yurt, with interior furnishings, masters of the yurt wearing national attire and a shaman with a drum presented an inimitable image of Tuva. People approached, examined the yurt with interest, took photographs.

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Tuvan hunters caught more than 230 wolves since the beginning of the year

Tuvan hunters caught more than 230 wolves since the beginning of the yearIn Tuva, in the course of the first three months of 2011, 230 wolves have been destroyed, or 60% of the total number of the predators caught in 2010.  The vice-premier of the republic, Valentin Endan informed about this; he is the government curator of village management in the republic. The matter of struggle with wolves was discussed today at a report of the course of the breeding campaign in the herding farms of Tuva.   Struggle with the grey predators was designated as one of the relevant tasks in this campaign; since the beginning of the year, wolves have already killed 904 heads of small horned cattle, 92 cows and 35 horses.
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