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History of Tuva as independent state Peoples Republic of Tuva (1921–1944), is a rich field for investigation because many documents of the period have not been studied (or even discovered). This was the time when the Republic established many fields of public life in close cooperation with its northern neighbor – Russia, which led to a subsequent voluntaryaccession of PRT into the USSR. The questions of interest includehow this process happened, which documents attest to it, how they are being interpreted, what has already been done by the historians and what still lies ahead; what is the role of certain persons in times of change.
While difficult to describe succinctly, the singing relies heavily on harmonics and, at times, features the singer producing multiple notes simultaneously. Traditional folk guitar, flute, and drum often round out the performance.
Currently on tour promoting their third album, Achai, Alash is comprised of Ayan-ool Sam, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, and Ayan Shirizhik, all deeply experienced musicians who have been performing since they were young children.
Coal mining concession holder Tuva Energy Industrial Corp and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corp subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corp have signed a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of privately financed railway and port projects.
The three agreements signed on May 8 cover a proposed 410 km mixed traffic railway in the Republic of Tyva which would link the Tyva Elegest coalfield with Kyzyl and the Russian Railways network at Kuragino; a coal port at Vanino in the Khabarovsk region; and a possible railway from Kyzyl into western China.
Tuvan folksong / extended vocal techniques / throat singing-diva Sainkho performs once again in Taiwan. Sainkho was born in Soviet-era Tuva, in a Siberian outpost within eyesight of Mongolia. She developed more than average singing skills and during the late 1980s she took advantage of the political/cultural reformations (perestroika) to set out on an innovative career that soon put her in the international ranks of outstanding, progressive singers.
She moved to Austria in 1994, and was begged to come back to Tuva by president Sholban Kara-ool this month, while she visited Tuva.
She established her name with sweat and original interpretations of Tuvan songs in the early 1990s and experimental work. Nowadays much of Sainkho’s output is ecclectic, avant-garde, with an electrifying, ear-catching aura to it. She is an amazingly busy and energetic performer, who constantly travels the world to collaborate with ever new musicians, pouring out CD after CD, and re-inventing herself every year.
Exactly ten years ago, she gave a memorable concert in Zhongshan Hall, and a throat singing workshop in TNUA (reported in Chung Mingder’s book OM. Overtone singing as meditation). At that time she brought with her German Popov, an old friend of mine from Amsterdam (born in the Ukraine), and singer/guitarist Caspar David Sacker from Austria. I am happy to see that this time she works with a local musician (and again a friend of mine), the Taipei-based pianist Lee Shih-Yang. Also taking part will be Dickson Dee, a Hong Kong sound artist.
We do appreciate that you choose us for publications of your scientific research results mainly because you consider the journal to be your tribune, you trust us, and as it helps you to deal with certain issues in scientific indexing (the journal is registered in the database of the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI)).
The large scale of anniversary events in Tuva dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic’s unity with Russia and the foundation of the capital Kyzyl are a still ahead, and the major number of works that will be presented at the scientific conferences this summer will be availiable on the pages of our magazine starting with the next edition.
But the topic of unity, collaboration will be presented in one way or another in the current issue. Traditionally, you can read the full version of the issue in the Editor’s Word. The PDF-version will be ready a bit later and will be published on our website. The cover of the issue is illustrated once again with the outstanding work “Two Suns” made by photographer Alexandr Ermolitsky.
“Ṡamaṇupusē” is the title of the book released in the end of 2013 by the publishing house “Neputns” in Riga, Latvia. Uldis Tīrons, a journalist, philosopher and the editor-in-chief of the intellectual magazine Rigas Laiks is the author of the book which he worked on with his colleague-photographer Andrejs Grants. “Ṡamaṇupusē” (“In the shamans’ direction”- dir. transl) is a summary of the author’s visits to Tuva, the place he discovered for himself more than 20 years ago.
Uldis first visited Tuva back in 1989 while working on the multimedia project “Shamans of Tuva” for Riga Video Center which was meant to result in a CD, film and a book release. Five expeditions around Tuva took place during the period from 1989 to 1991. Unfortunately, due to the breakdown of USSR, the project never came to life. During his travels around the Republic, Uldis Tirons was meeting with shamans, researching and reading various literature related to shamanism.
But the dream to write a book never left him. Uldis intended to make it as an anthropological sketch about the engagement of Western and Eastern cultures, particularly about the increased interest of the Western researchers to shamanism and actual relations between them and Tuvan shamans.
Dear friends! We are glad to announce 5 years Anniversary of our project. We celebrate it with the 21st issue of the journal and with a new format from the archive of the journal where you can observe all covers of the magazine in a row. It is the second time when our issue is decorated with the work by a photographer Alexander Yermolitskyi. We continue our collaboration with the constant authors and we are glad to introduce with the new authors (there are famous scholars among them which works appeared in the issue the first time). Six more names were added to the present circle of the authors in the issue. Later, PDF-version will be published on our web-page, and the materials will also be uploaded to the database of the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI). We hope that the present issue will be useful in your work, will be interesting for reading and will help the beginners in science. We welcome the papers for the next issue.
The Tuvan State University has elected a new Chancellor via ballot on the 23rd of January 2014, during the Chancellors Election Conference of the University of Tuva. 129 out of 151 delegates voted for the Doctor of Science (Philosophy), Pro-Chancellor of Science and International Relations, Olga Matpaevna Khomushku. The second candidate, Boris Kombuy-ool Kara-Sal, Doctor of Technical Science, Chairman of Industrial and Civil Construction, received 21 votes. The current Chairman of the University, Sergey Oktyaevich Ondar, Doctor of Science (Biology), will finish his term of appointment on the 24th of February 2014.
Olga Khomushku is a member of editorial board of our magazine, so it is even more exciting for us to hear the news. Our heartiest congratulations to Olga Matpaevna!
Dear colleagues! The Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies (IMBTS) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Siberian Branch) announces that an international conference, “Buddhism in the Changing World”, will be held inUlan-Ude on May 28-31, 2014. The following themes will be discussed: Buddhist Texts, History of Buddhism, Buddhism in the modern world, Buddhist Philosophy, Soteriology, and Culture. In the framework of the Conference the following Round Tables will be held: Science and Buddhism, Russian-Mongolian researches on Buddhism: present-day state and prospects. We particularly welcome papers addressing the following topics: Buddhism in Russia; comparative study in Mahayana and Theravada traditions, Indo-Tibetan and Far-East traditions of Buddhism; Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophy of the West and East; present-day state of Buddhism in the regions of its traditional prevalence; peculiarities of Buddhism in Russia and in the West; interaction between Buddhism and modern science; dialogue and interaction between religions and cultures.
Dear friends – our colleagues! We are pleased to announce the new issue # 4/2013 of the journal. We can describe it as a kaleidoscope of new research in Social and Humanity Studies not only about Tuva but also about other territories – Kalmykia, Yakutia, Mongolia. Besides, territorial interests of our authors enlarge as Siberia, as Europe. Ten new authors have joined the circle of our journal authors. We are pleased to state that our issue has become a valuable ground for operative representation of the research results for the members of different scientific schools, centers, regions, for the study of the colleagues’ works, exchange of opinions, and for the further professional, friendship communication as by correspondences, as by private meetings. Thank you, dear colleagues, for your trust and interest to our journal which quality we will maintain further. You can read the full information in the word of the editor. PDF version of the issue will be published soon; the materials will also be uploaded to the database of the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).
The Tuvan State University has received the second international grant for “Development and Implementation of Master’s Program in the food safety, food industry and traditional food products distribution in Russia and Kazakhstan (TradPro)”. During the European Union’s program “Tempus IV” this project was supported as a result of the international contest. 937 variants of projects were received in a whole from both Russian and European universities, and 171 among them were approved and will be funded. The project is run by the Universities’ Consortium that include French universities (SupAgro, Montpellier; Agrocampus Ouest), Italian universities (The University of Milan, Pisa University), Swedish universities (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Kazakhstan universities (Akhmet Baitursynov Kostanay State University, Kazakh State Agrotechnical University named after S.Seyfullin, Pavlodar State University named after S.Toraygyrov , Russia (Tyvan State University, Kalmyk State University, Buryat State Agricultural Academy named after V.Fillipov, Kuban State Agricultural University). Private business companies of Russia and Kazakhstan will support the project’s realization.