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Drowa Sangmo is performed in Norbulingka

  • Source : VTIBET.com Author : Tenzin Woebom Time : 09/01/2019 Editor : Tenzin Woebom

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    Performers present wonderful Tibetan opera Drowa Sangmo to audiences in Norbulingka. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

     

    During this year’s Shoton Festival, the eighth Tibetan opera performance, showcase of vocal music or singing tune of Tibetan opera, and special presentation of adapted traditional stage play “Sukyi Nyima” etc., will be grandly introduced to the audience respectively in Norbulingka Summer Palace, Zongyab Lukhang Park, Tibet Mass Art Gallery as well as Tibetan Opera Art Center, VTIBET.com reported.

     

    Many outstanding folk art troupes from Lhasa, Lhoka, Shigatse, Ngari and other cities and prefectures in Tibet are selected to put excellent Tibetan operas on stage during the 7-day Shoton holiday. At the same time, Tibetan opera artists and enthusiasts will display distinctive vocal music or singing tune of Tibetan opera to the audience at the Mass Art Gallery.

     

    More than 340 Tibetan opera folk artists and over 70 professional actors will attend the extravaganza.

     

     

    Performers present wonderful Tibetan opera Drowa Sangmo to audiences in Norbulingka. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

     

    On September 1, Rongtso Lhamo Art Troupe from Lhatse county of Shigatse presents a wonderful Tibetan opera named Drowa Sangmo in Norbulingka Summer Palace.

     

    Holding a string of Buddhist prayer beads, 67-year-old Lhasa resident Topgyel sits in a crowd gathered for a performance of this famous Tibetan opera.

     

    As the opera starts, the crowd falls silent in anticipation. For Topgyel, these moments are the heart and soul of the Shoton Festival, a week-long carnival known as the Yogurt Banquet Festival, currently underway in Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.

     

    "The opera is the essence of Shoton. Without the opera, there is no festive atmosphere," said Topgyel.

     

     

    Performers present wonderful Tibetan opera Drowa Sangmo to audiences in Norbulingka. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

     

    Known as "living fossil of traditional Tibetan culture", Tibetan opera has developed over the centuries. Having a history of more than 600 years, the opera usually tells stories from folk culture, historical legends and Buddhism classics. It is a comprehensive art combining folk song, dance, storytelling, chant, acrobatics and religious performance.

     

    “We stage a classic Tibetan opera Drowa Sangmo. I feel proud when our performances win waves of warm applause and cheers from the audience. As the art form originated from and has been developing among the folks, it obtains an extensive support from the people. I think there has never been an opera like Tibetan opera that is so popular among its audience," said Zomgyi, a senior opera artist performing Tibetan Opera for almost 30 years.

     

     

    Performers present wonderful Tibetan opera Drowa Sangmo to audiences in Norbulingka. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

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