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From: China Tibet Online 2011-03-14 16:29:00
by: Jan Chen
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Menang Doji: Cultural Prosperity is a happy song in heart

As a Tibetan saying goes, one can sing as long as he can talk, and one can dance as long as he can walk. In the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), Tibet Autonomous Region will make favorable policies in a bid to promote the prosperity of Tibetan culture and its protection. As one of the most famous Tibetan musician, Menang Doji has his own understanding of the concept of "cultural  prosperity".

Menang Doji, one of the most famous Tibetan musician talks about cultural prosperity duiring the NPC and CPPCC Sessions.[Photo/ China Tibet Online]

The cultural prosperity, in Doji's opinion, lies in the song in everyone's heart.

"First of all, we need to increase local people's awareness of the importance and necessity in protecting our time-honored culture," Doji said. "For example, the Tibetan dances are staged on the Spring Festival Gala every year. The dances have not only impressed people outside Tibet, but also enlightened Tibetan people on the value of their distinctive ethnic culture which appears so common to them."

"Secondly, our culture should be passed down by generations. Thus I suggest that we pay more attention to cultural education," Doji continued. "As it is known, the Beijing Opera has been included in the primary school's curriculum. This is an inspiring model. Tibetan people are also obliged to let our next generation know more about their ethnic culture."

With such intent, Doji is planning to submit the proposal on promoting the Tibetan opera learning in school next year.

"Only when people value our culture and exert efforts to protect and inherit it can we better boost our cultural prosperity," said Menang Doji.

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