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Mongolia Culture and Arts News
News on cultural events in Ulaanbaatar and other parts of Mongolia, like festivals, opera and ballet performances and much more.  For more information see the Arts Council of Mongolia.


Mongolian child star passed over for award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Friday, 25 May 2007

Mongolian child star, Nansal Balitguluum, recently nominated in Hollywood, has lost her bid to capture an international acting award. 

Balitguluum received world-wide acclaim for her role in the immensely popular Mongolian movie, “The Cave of the Yellow Dog.” 

Among other young actors, Balitguluum had been nominated for Best Child Actor of the World in an International Feature Film Award by the Hollywood’s Young Artist Foundation. 

Eight child stars were nominated for the award. The winner, Sri Lankan child actress Sarala Kariyawasam, played a child widow in the award winning film, “Water”. 

“The Cave of the Yellow Dog” portrays the day-to-day life of a Mongolian nomad family. When young Nansal brings a stray dog into the family, she defiantly keeps the animal when her parents order her to be rid of the dog. Later, the dog finds a place in the family when it saves a child from a threatening vulture.

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Television program to be filmed about Mongolia's steppes, grasslands and people PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Friday, 18 May 2007

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Voyage to the Future 2007 project will film a TV program about schoolchildren, aged 12 to 16, going on a ten-day expedition to study Mongolian grasslands.  

The project aims to create awareness of the earth's natural resources, filming the current state of the environment for future generations. Students taking part are from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Qatar, Thailand, Mongolia, Korea and Malaysia.  

The expedition will visit the areas of Yunsch, the Khustai National Park and Duganakhad, where participants will get to study the Mongolian steppes, the day-to-day lives of Mongolian nomadic people, the wildlife and the restoration process of the deteriorating grasslands.  

Co-organized by MNB-Mongolia, the expedition will be filmed in HDTV and made available to television stations from participating countries for a nominal fee. These include NHK-Japan, CCTV-China, VTV-Vietnam, Aljazeera-Qatar, NBT-Thailand, MNB, EBS-Korea, TVB-Hong Kong and RTM-Malaysia. 

"We hope the young participants will bring back with them a continuing curiosity from this experience about conservation issues in view of the fact that preservation of our natural environment is as crucial as ever," said Tatsuya Nakamura, Director of the ABU Program Department. 

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Khuushuur in Washington DC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ulaanbaatar correspondent   
Saturday, 05 May 2007

Mongol Group Reports: For those of you who miss Mongolian food or are interested in tasting authentic Mongolian dish, a couple of Mongolian ladies (one of them a professional Mongolian culinary chef of 30-40 years) are serving homemade style, authentic Mongolian food at the Old Post Office Pavillion at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. The food there is not only authentic Mongolian but also is very good. I have tried their huushuur, buuz, roasted lamb and beef the latter 2 of which may have been a special treat for the day. It is absolutely delicious. I hope you go and check them out with your friends and family for an outing on the National Mall. They are also available for catering as well. Please see the link below for their interview to a Mongolian online magazine reporter along with some photos.

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Degi brings Debussy to the steppe PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ulaanbaatar correspondent   
Tuesday, 01 May 2007

This May, Mongolia's most popular violinist Degi is having her second solo concert in UB on the 11,12th. Her concert will be devided in two identifiable parts. The first part, western impressionist composers pieces like Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar, Vivaldi will be highlighted. In the second part pieces of Mongolian composers pieces will be performed with Canadian composer and pianist Bruce Petherick, the “Memory” Symphony Pop Orchestra, the Moon Stone Traditional Song and Dance Ensembe and other famous Mongolian singers. 

Mongolia's famous violinst DegiDegi (Delgertsetseg) is Mongolia's best-known fiddler, enthralling concertgoers and dinner parties alike for years with her interpretation of Mongolian standards.

Degi began studying the violin at age seven after scouts from the Music College in 1986 identified her (from the size and shape of her fingers) as a potential musician.

“My mother and the family thought that it was so prestigious to be selected for the Music College that they encouraged me wholeheartedly to take up the violin.”

As her studies progressed, her mother's ambition was for Degi to become a kindergarten teacher as things got tougher in the new democracy.

“Kindergarten children got food, so their teachers had food too. In the early 1990s, food was not always easy to get,” she reminisced.

“We practised every day for countless hours, but…I appreciate…the discipline it has given me to pursue this career.”

Degi in Concert
May 11 and 12, 6pm
Central Cultural Palace

More information: www.degimusic.com

Tickets are available at the Central Cultural Palace box office from MNT8000 to MNT 10000. For more infornamation please contact at 7011-7971, 9924-3296.

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Asian Physics Olimpiad To Be Held in Shanghai PDF Print E-mail
Written by enkhlen   
Sunday, 22 April 2007
Eight Mongolian pupils will represent Mongolia at a Asian physics olympiad to be held in Shanghai City, China on April 21-29. The next olympiad will take place in Mongolia. Thus, the Mongolian team has been bound to study experience of China in hosting the olympiad. The Asian physics olympiad is usually attended by children from 18-20 countries. Last year, Mongolian children won one silver and two bronze medals.

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Success for Mongolian Designers in Moscow PDF Print E-mail
Written by enkhlen   
Friday, 20 April 2007

Mongolian designers successfully participated in 8th international festival of multinational costumes, organized in Moscow, Russia. Mongolian designers are participating in this kind of activity for the first time. “Mongolian Costumes” company's multinational costume collection got the first prize , collections called “Great State” and “Zoos” got the second, also “Power and beauty” collection rewarded with the special prize. Designers from Russia, China, Netherlands and other countries took part in this competition. They demonstrated about 40 collections in 4 categories.

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The Wealth Of Shamans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ulaanbaatar correspondent   
Friday, 20 April 2007
Walrus Magazine - hovsgol province/ulaan baatar—On a sunny afternoon, a man sits on the floor of his teepee (or ortz) in the mountains of northern Mongolia, drinking salty tea with reindeer milk and smoking cigarettes rolled in strips of newspaper. He is Ghosta, fifty-nine, a handsome man with high cheekbones and a broad, rugged face. Yet there is sadness in his eyes.

“My life is hard,” he says, more than once. He might be referring to his life as a nomadic reindeer herder, but no. He is talking about being a shaman.

“I have a responsibility for people in the community,” he says. “People who are struggling with sickness come for help and I cannot refuse.”

Ghosta is one of about 200 members of Mongolia’s Dukha minority who eke out an existence as reindeer herders in the alpine taiga along Mongolia’s border with Siberia. They move with the seasons, subsisting mainly on reindeer cheese and bread.
There are perhaps half a dozen shamans among the herders. They are the priests and healers of an ancient religion, the bridge between this world and that of the spirits. Here in the countryside, they keep the old ways, performing rituals only at night, in strict accordance with the seasons and the phases of the moon. They are wary of outsiders, and Ghosta talks only reluctantly.

He found his calling at the age of twenty-five, he says, at a time when he was “sick and becoming unconscious.” Shamanism is a family tradition, and the spiritual congress often begins when the future shaman confronts a life-threatening illness. Ghosta describes the day when he awoke from a mysterious sleep to find his father performing a ritual. “My father told me to put on his costume. I wore it for a while and took it off.” Soon after, he became a shaman.

“That was during socialism times,” he says. “Everything had to be done secretly.”

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A French Lady's Initiation by a Mongolian Shaman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ulaanbaatar correspondent   
Wednesday, 04 April 2007

THE QUEST FOR SOUND

The Quest for Sound15:00, Friday 29th June, Cosmo Rodewald

Director: Laetitia Merli

Year: 2005

Run time: 54'

Location/Ethnic group: Mongolia/ Tsaatan, French

Language: In Mongolian and French with English subtitles


This film concerns the initiation of Corine, who is French, by the Mongolian master shaman Enkhtuya, a reindeer herder, who lives in the Taiga. The film-maker traces the process intimately, from the making of the shamanic paraphernalia to the initiate’s experiences in modified states of consciousness. But this adventure is also the portrait of a woman and her relationship with her shaman teacher.

 


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