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5 July 2012

Famous astrophysicist Joan Feynman arrived in Tuva

Famous astrophysicist Joan Feynman arrived in Tuva Legendary physicist and Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman’s sister Joan Feynman  arrived in Tuva. It was his love to Tuva which encouraged most Americans to visit this amazing place of the world. 84-year-old Joan Feynman will visit the festival of throat singing “Dembildey”, which will be held in the capital from 6 to 8 July. The festival is devoted to 50th anniversary of  Tuvan throat singer Kongar-ool Ondar who has a close relations with the Feynmans. In 2010, Richard Feynman’s daughter Michelle visited Tuva.

Joan Feyman is a famous astrophysicist, who specializes in interaction of solar wind  and Earth’s magnetosphere. Her son is an editor at the "Popular Science Magazine". He published memoirs -  "My mother is a scientist" - about his famous  mother, where he described her thorny path to success in science.

Richard and Joan’s mother was smart and understanding, she had marched for women’s right to vote when she was young.

Tuvaonline. Translated by Chimis Salchak
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5 July 2012

Huun-Huur-Tu Promoter Alexander Cheparukhin Honored with the WOMEX Music Award

Huun-Huur-Tu Promoter Alexander Cheparukhin Honored with the WOMEX Music AwardProducer Alexander Cheparukhin is the first man among Russian music industry representatives honored with the WOMEX Award, the International World Music Support and Development Exhibition (World Music Expo).

The WOMEX Award was established in 1999 and has been presented to its winners only 13 times, Mr. Cheparukhin told the RIA Novosti. The producer receives theProfessional Excellence Award, and there is the Artist Award as well.

Mr. Cheparukhin admitted he had been amazed by the news, especially since he had become the first man not only from Russia, but also from all over Eastern Europe to receive the Award.

“As I was informed in the letter from the Award administrators, I’ve received the prize for contribution in Russian music propaganda and for the promotion of the best world music standards in Russia,” said Mr. Cheparukhin.

The producer added, he was very pleased to get the music community recognition and he “will try to keep it up”.

RIA-Novosty. Translated by Emina Kyzyl-ool
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4 July 2012

There is an astonishing unity of nature, people and music in Tuva

There is an astonishing unity of nature, people and music in TuvaOn the course of the past 10 years, Tuvan folkloristics, in the context of ethnography, has changed in a significant way. More exactly, it has changed under the influence of interest of Western culture in our unique folk culture. I have not thought before that the Japanese, Americans and Germans would show any interest in it or in our language.
Now, representatives of these nations study Tuvan language at the TGU base with great interest. This is evidence that they, first of all, are searching for the secrets of a method of learning khoomei. Khoomei and stone carving attract great interest of many people in various corners of the planet.
In the Valley of Tsars, unique cultural artifacts of ancient peole made of pure gold were found in one kurgan during a single summer. All right, let's admit, gold was well protected by the earth. But it is surprising how an intangible particle of culture, khoomei, survived throughout centuries and wars. It is the spirit of our ancestors. It is like the echo of caves and gurgling of innumerable tiny streams pouring from the crags of Silver Mountains (Mongun-Taiga - name of a mountain in Western Tuva).
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4 July 2012

A book about spiritual principles of Eurasianism published

A book about spiritual principles of Eurasianism published  The  book “Spiritual principles of Eurasianism. Cultural and civilizational aspects” was published in the German publishing house  Lambert Academic Publishing . The author of the book – Lena Fyodorova is the director of  Tengri Research International Foundation, the deputy director of Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Olonkho Theater, organizer of  international cultural expeditions to North India, Nepal, Tibet, Xinjiang, Central Asia, Siberia and Mongolia.

Referring to the works of famous religious scholars, particularly of the Kazakh Scientist N. G. Ayupov, the author of the book considers tengrism as a holistic worldview which reflects the unity of the world and man, the unity of their essential power, which includes religious and mythological convictions as well as the results scientific and practical works. The book also includes  the cognitive images of psychic and intellectual activity of man as well as the metaphysics of exchange. This allows to show all the aspects of tengrism in their unity and variety, universality and uniqueness.

Tengri Foundation. Translated by Chimis Salchak
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29 June 2012

The summer campaign “Night Museum” is to start by the National Museum of the Republic of Tuva

The summer campaign “Night Museum” is to start by the National Museum of the Republic of Tuva Commencing from July, 1 to August, 30 the National Museum of the Republic of Tuva starts the summer campaign “Night Museum”, which implies its working hours’ extension until 9.00 pm every Thursday during the period. All of the museum rooms are to be available for visitors, including the hall “Treasures of the Valley of Kings”.

The campaign is run upon recommendation of the Ministry of Culture of Russia and designed to attract visitors during evening hours.

We hope the “Night Museum” will find its followers and will take its place among all the campaigns held by the National Museum. We invite everyone to attend the first “Night Museum” evening which is to be on July, 5. Doors open from 10.00 am till 9.00 pm. In case of positive response the campaign could become an annual event.
Translated by Emina Kyzyl-ool
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28 June 2012

Young Mongoliists gather in Mongolia

Young Mongoliists gather in MongoliaThe summer training for young scholars majoring in Mongolian studies launched on Thursday for the tenth time. Co-organized by the National Association on Mongolian Studies and the Mongolian State University of Education, this year's training is attended by 24 scholars from the USA, Russia, Poland, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Turkey. They will be lectured by outstanding teachers and scholars of the Academy of Sciences, the Mongolian State University, the Mongolian State University of Education and the University of Agriculture on Mongolian on subjects of history, culture, religion, literature, archeology and nomadic economy. Furthermore, the trainees will get acquainted with the Mongolian traditional lifestyle. It gives to them a chance to cooperate with many scholars of scientific organizations of Mongolia. The training will last until July 14.
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28 June 2012

Photo album “The Mongun-Taiga massif. Alpine landscape” published

Photo album “The Mongun-Taiga massif. Alpine landscape” publishedThe scientists of the Ubsunur center published the photo album “The Mongun-Taiga massif. Alpine landscape” (Abakan. Journalist, 2012) specially for the 10th International Ubsunur symposium “Ecosystems of Central Asia: research, conservation and rational exploitation” (July 3-8,  2012, Kyzyl), devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Tyva Republic and SB RAS biospheric research International Ubsunur Center. The album contains the results of the alpine ecosystems monitoring such as the elements of the Upper Shara-Kharagai River  landscape and flora. The scientists described the landscapes of the four tops the Mongun-Taiga massif and almost all the kinds of plants they met on the research area. The kinds of the plants were given Russin and Latin names. The work was done with the help of the Ubsunur Hollow Reserve staff. The album has 374 pages, number of copies is 500.

The price for one copy is 300 rubles. 

Translated by Chimis Salchak
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27 June 2012

International Festival of Throat Singing Performers Dembildey - 2012 to Be Held in Kyzyl

International Festival of Throat Singing Performers Dembildey - 2012 to Be Held in Kyzyl The grand opening of the International Festival of Throat Singing Performers Dembildey – 2012 to take place onstage at the National Theatre named after Victor Kok-ool on the 6th of July in Kyzyl.

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tuva, Kyzyl City Hall and the Center of Development of Tuvan Traditional Culture and Crafts are the founders of the event.

The main goals of the Festival - supporting new names and teams among throat singing artists, development and improvement of interregional and international cultural relations, providing opportunities for sharing experiences, raising the professional level of the throat singers as well as creativity support for ornamental artists.

 Dembildey - 2012 is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Honored Artist of Russian Federation, National Khoomeyzhi of the Republic of Tuva, Honored Worker of Education of the Republic of Tuva, Laureate of State Prize of the Republic of Tuva, the director of the Center of Development of Tuvan Traditional Culture and Crafts Kongar-ool Ondar.

Translated by Emina Kyzyl-ool
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31 May 2012

Announcement - Release of New Issue of "New research of Tuva"

Announcement - Release of New Issue of "New research of Tuva"Dear friends and colleagues!

We are happy to inform you about the release of the newest issue of  the “New Research of Tuva” electronic magazine — #2 for 2012.

The key category in this issue is “Times of change”, in which we published articles by a politician, musician, postgraduate and students. We also added interesting messages about new Tuvinology publications, web-sites that could be of interest for the researchers of Tuvan language and literature. PDF version of the issue is 117 pages.

We continue to accept materials for the following issue of the journal — #3 for 2012. We are also prepared to accept preliminary announcements of publications, according to agreement with the authors.

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14 April 2012

XIV International Festival the Living Music and Faith "Ustuu-Khuree." will take place from 23 to 26 July 2012

XIV International Festival the Living Music and Faith "Ustuu-Khuree." will take place from 23 to 26 July 2012I. XIV International Festival the Living Music and Faith "Ustuu-Khuree." will take place from 23 to 26 July 2012 

II. Prayer services, rituals, ceremonies dedicated to the discovery of Temple Ustuu Khuree will held from 23 to 26 July.

III. The strongest fighters of the country will meet in battle in honor of the revived Ustuu-Khuree from 23 to 26 July.

IV. Hundreds of horses will gallop on the steppe Bora – Khol, kicking up dust, reminding us of former greatness and beauty of the Temple festivals from 23 to 26 July 2012.

V. Musicians’ performances, prayers, ancient methods of fighting, racing horses are repentance and offering of people to the long-suffering Temple, chanting and bowing memory to Hung Noyon Buyan Badyrgy will be from 23 to July 26, 2012.

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12 April 2012

Do not forget about the Ustuu-Huree!

Do not forget about the Ustuu-Huree!It is hard to underestimate the Ustuu-Huree temple reconstruction idea. The temple is of a great importance for people of Daa Kozhuun, also of Sut-Holskiy, Dzun-Hemchikskiy, Ovyurskiy, Bay-Taiginskiy, Mongun-Taiginskiy, Barun-Hemichskiy, Chaa-Holskiy, Ulug-Hemskiy kozhuuns. In older generation’s memory, the Ustuu-Huree temple and everything associated with it stays as a reminiscence of the great holy site. Not many witnesses and beholders of the temple’s prosperity have left. All these, is the result of totalitarian regime. Those boys, who came to the Ustuu-Huree in its prosperous times as monks have already left this world, therefore almost nobody’s left. 
My wife Sophia’s father, while being a child was received there as a huuraki, but held out only for a few months: he was send back home hence being naughty. The temple was a privileged place and not everybody had an opportunity to study there: only diligent and talented children were accepted. 
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21 Fabruary 2012

Behind the scenes - Tuvan Couturier

Behind the scenes - Tuvan Couturier It is hard to explain what this sound resembles. Certainly, it is like a cloud of falling splashes: if each of the splashes had its own voice, it would probably sound like this. Or the cries of a flock of tiny birds. Or the call of some overwhelming feeling: sweetly alarming, disturbing. Or…and then the sound entered the workshop. It entered and shattered the space.

The girls brought in a dress. Silk, dark blue, embroidered with white beads, and…jingle-bells. And that is what sang in many voices with every movement. Delicate, tremulous.

Viktoria Kondrashova, tuvapravda.ru, Translated by Heda Jindrak
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21 Fabruary 2012

Visit Exotic Tuva!

Visit Exotic Tuva!The ethnocultural complex "Aldyn-Bulak, which appeared in Tuva a year ago, has already successfully conquered the love of tourists from various corners of the world, and has become a true pearl and jewel of the republic, which is justifiably known as  "The Heart of Asia". Heritage of the Scythians. The idea to build an original cultural complex, which would fully reflect the national comfort, folklore, and traditional way of life of Tuvans, originated in 2010, after the head of the republic, Sholban Kara-ool declared he Year of Tourism for Tuva.

Rossiyskaya gazeta. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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16 Fabruary 2012

Radik Tyulyush, vocalist of Huun-Huur-Tu, will give a solo concert in Moscow on 23 February

Radik Tyulyush, vocalist of Huun-Huur-Tu, will give a solo concert in Moscow on 23 FebruarySoloist of Tuvan group of world renown "Huun-Huur-Tu" radik Tyulyush will give a solo concert on 23 February at Moscow cultural center "Belye Oblaka" (White Clouds). Guests will be able to listen to Tuvan throat singing and traditional paly on authentic instruments: igil, byzaanchi, khomus, and shoor. Concert starts at 19:30. Price of ticket 700 rubles. About Radik Tyulyush: "Sometimes one gets tired of music that you hear on the radio. All the world has began to strive for the natural. Humanity understands that everyhting is hiding in the roots. As they say - everything new is really just thoroughly forgotten old.  I believe that Tuvan music had an influence in the rebirth of this interest because of the unusual throat singing technique of  vocalization, timbre of the instruments, melodics, and the Tuvan tuning", - says Radik.

Translated by Heda Jindrak
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16 Fabruary 2012

Tuvan Legend about Creation of the World

Tuvan Legend about Creation of the WorldThe legend "About the Creation of the World" was first put into a written format by aspirant of Tuvan State University Ai-bek Soskal at the request of the director of ensemble "Edegei", Kima Chozarovna Dongak. For the next production, it was necessary to find out its origins: how did Sook-Irey get into traditional Tuvan culture? Designer and ballet-master Vyacheslav Dongak created Sook-Irey's costume on the basis of this legend. Adyg-Tulush: When Mother -Earth was being created, Sun and Moon called the creator-chayakchi Father-Heaven. The Sun shone during the day, and the Moon at night. At that time the earth was flat, and the heaven was bluer than blue, and nothing happened.  Mother-Earth was lonely and angry, and mountains with flat lands, wrinkles and salt lakes showed up.

Tuvinskaya pravda. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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