October 10,2017--As the curtain rises, the backdrop of the Potala Palace under an azure sky emerges before the audience, and an excerpt from Tashi Delek, one of the eight great Tibetan operas, is performed while cymbal drums are played on a campus stage in China’s Taiwan on Sept. 26.
October 10,2017--Photo shows a Tibetan opera performance from the “Tibetan Culture Promotion on College Campuses in Taiwan” event held in China’s Taiwan, Sept. 26, 2017.
This is just one of the shows from the "Tibetan Culture Promotion on College Campuses in Taiwan" event, the first large-scale introduction of Tibetan culture to Taiwan’s college campuses, which is co-sponsored by the Chinese Cultural Friendship Association, the Culture Department of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, and the Association of Arts and Literature Centers of Taiwan Colleges.
On Sept. 22, a fine art exhibition of thangka paintings was opened at Taiwan’s Cheng Shiu University and more than 50 outstanding paintings from the four major schools of thangka paintings were showed. In order to give teachers and students in Taiwan a more in-depth understanding of Tibetan thangka paintings, two lectures on this were also held in two universities.
At the same time, the Tashi Delek opera was also performed at the university on the same day followed by two other performances at National Taiwan University of Arts on Sept. 24 and the National Chiao Tung University on Sept.26.
This was the first time Tibetan opera, which is included on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, had been performed in Taiwan.
Bangdeng Wanggyur, head of the Tibetan opera troupe, said that they selected the most exciting excerpts of the eight major Tibetan operas, compiling an hour-long program that opened with the traditional opera Wenbadon and concluded with "Wedding" from Princess Wencheng.