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Gesar Art Troupe of Ganzi Prefecture of Sichuan Province Held Performing Tour in UK

Gesar Art Troupe of Ganzi Prefecture of Sichuan Province held a performance in Theatre of University College London in the evening of 26 July. About 400 viewers, including Tibetan compatriots in UK watched the performance. The performers gave many brilliant performances such as Gesar epic chant, dance drama "Judging the Winner by Horse-Race" and sorcerer's dance, which aroused strong interest of the audience and created a lively atmosphere. After the performance ended, lots of Tibetan compatriots stayed in the Theater to have a chat with the performers and staff for a long time.


Gesar Art Troupe of Ganzi Prefecture of Sichuan Province was invited by Tibet Foundation (UK) for the performing tour in UK from 20 July to 2 August, and had held several performances in London Victoria and Albert Museum and Asia House. The Art Troup will conduct academic exchanges with School of Oriental and African Studies in University of London on Gesar study and give performance in Devon County in southeast Britain. 


The Life of King Gesar is a wide spread heroic epic with huge influence. It is spread widely in ethnic groups in China, like Mongolian, Tu, Naxi, Yugur nationality and Bai; meanwhile it has been spread to Mongolia, Buriat and Kalmykia of Russia as well as the vast areas of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan in the south of the Himalayas. Some of its chapters, translated into many languages like English, German, French, Russian and Japanese, were spread throughout the world. The Life of King Gesar, which is the longest epic in the world, has 500,000 lines in nearly one hundred volumes.

The Life of King Gesar is an epic passed on by word-of-mouth from generation to generation and is deeply loved by the people. There are many Tibetan chanters active in primitive and simple chant among the people in China, who are the creators and disseminators of national culture. As Chinese Homers, they have receive close attention from the academic field. In addition to folk chant, lots of handwritten and woodcut copies are preserved among the people, which are precious cultural heritage of human being.