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President promotes throat singing PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 January 2006
Ulaanbaatar, /MONTSAME/. The Mongolian President Mr. N.Enkhbayar has issued an order to develop the khuumei throat (overtone) singing of Mongolia on the basis of the proposals put forward by scholars, citizens and arts organizations. The throat singing, one of the many different types of the literature cultural heritage of the Mongolian nation, has been developed among Mongolia since the period of their ancestors. Under the order, the Mongolian people have been appealed to pass on and develop the throat singing. As well, the respective state organizations, NGOs, scholars, experts, instructors, and arts and cultural figures have been entrusted to organize fruitful activities on a wide range with the purpose of studying and developing the overtone singing. There is no firm evidence of a date for the origin of khuumei in Mongolia. Writings of early travellers, such as Marco Polo and Rubruck (Dawson 1955), refer to musicians and singers in the context of courts and homes, and the fourteenth-century Mongol dynastic history "Yiian-shih "cites three-hundred member court orchestras, musicians, and singers, but khuumei is not mentioned in any of these sources.


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