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From: China Tibet Online 2011-07-16 10:41:00
by: Lily Dong
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'Prince of Tibetan art Duixie'

Dressed in black and white Tibetan robe, he plays guitar while dancing with clatter of hooves...

He is Great Sonam, who is dubbed as "Prince of Duixie", for his excellent performance of "Duixie" (a kind of traditional Tibetan dance). He is a member of Lhaze Farmer Art Troupe of Tibet.

"Duixie" is the traditional folk singing and dancing of Tibetan villages as well as a kind of integrated art of song, dance and music performed by a kind of Tibetan guitar. It is popular in the upper reach of Yarlung Zangbo.

Before 2005, Great Sonam had been a teacher who taught the Duixie art in his village,  Zangluo Village of Lhaze County, "the hometown of 'Duixie'".

In 2005, when he knew that a farmer art troupe was to be set up, he entered for it without hesitation. At that time he was already 39 years old. However, He was enrolled for his passionate performance.

With the related departments' help, actors and actresses of the Lhaze Farmer Art Troupe of Tibet have put the traditional folk singing and dancing to the market for commercial performances. More than one third of "Duixie" performers can get net income of 15000 yuan a year.

In 2006, the Lhaze Farmer Art Troupe performed for the evening galas organized by the Tibet Autonomous Region celebrating for the Tibetan New Year and the Spring Festival, which received warm welcome. Later, they brought their program to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

In 2008, the "Duixie" of Lhaze was inscribed into the list of national intangible cultural heritage, which made Great Sonam excited.

"It is the support from the government that helps us inherit and the 'Duixie' art," said Great Sonam.

His dream is to dance "Duixie" in other countries together with his colleagues, to help more people enjoy the shining art.

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