October 21, 2010

E is for Entertainment

To be honest with you, I'm usually a titch cynical about "cultural" shows put on for tourists. But we were in Ulaanbaatar on a special mission and we could not say "no" to our hosts when they suggested we go. A nudge is sometimes a blessing. 

The show of traditional Mongolian musicians, singers, dancers and acrobats in a small intimate theater turned out to be one of the delightful highlights of our stay in the capital.


 


 

 Ulaanbaatar, 2007

If you'd really like to be entertained here today, I gladly nudge you to visit this video (after you say hello to me) and learn a little about the music made with the two-stringed marin whoor (horse-headed violin) that often accompanies khoomii, Mongolian throat singing. It's a treat to the receptive ear.

I'm linking with Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday. Go check out other fun takes on the letter E this week.

41 comments:

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

Thats a fun entertainment to watch. interesting

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

How wonderful to have the opportunity to see and hear this fabulous art in person. The costumes are exquiste and the stage setting is amazing. Thanks for this Entertaining Letter E post.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful costumes and beautiful young women. But I love the big guy in the middle picture. He looks so serious, Francisca. LOL

Kay, Alberta

H said...

I love that sound. It resonates deep down inside. Incredible!

Pat Tillett said...

great photos and music!
Thanks so much for the ongoing photo tour...

shannon i olson said...

beautiful colors and costumes. Looks like a great time.

Jenny said...

Francisca, this is so neat. I'm with you. I usually shy away from tourist shows, as well. They feel so artificial and commercial.

But this one seems so fresh and real.

What a neat link to Alphabe-Thursday.

I really enjoyed your music and photos. The 'throat singing' is really different!

Thank you for linking.

A+

Jacob said...

Sometimes we are surprised in a good way. Beautiful people, beautiful costumes, beautiful music...what more can one ask for?

Well, I must add, beautiful photos!

Re your comment on Cedar Key: You found 4 cats? I only found 3! Heh, heh. Where's the 4th?

Nora Johnson said...

Loved this post - and whole blog! Great!

XOXO Lola:)

OneDay said...

It looks wonderful and the costumes are beautiful. :-)

BEAR's Mom said...

The costumes are exquisite!!!
~victoria~

Teresa said...

Beautiful pictures! I can see why it would be a highlight!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I bet the music was a wonderful as the costumes.

Judie said...

The photos are fabulous! I'll be checking out the video next.

Jo said...

oh those photos are wonderful, the costumes are just so gorgeous!!! what a visual feast! I will be off to check the video next!

Hilda said...

What a rich feast for the eyes and ears! Everything looks amazing!

Amanda said...

Such beautiful costumes -- you are so fortunate to be able to travel so much! I loved the video -- fascinating! My husband and I have been planning a trip to Tuva, for years, to hear the throat singing competitions.

cieldequimper said...

Unfortunately I'm not busy for fun... !-( But looking at your beautiful, colourful and meaningful portraits is making me feel a bit better. No time for the video though.

Sandy said...

Interesting music.. love the costumes of the culture and the colorful way they present it... nice post!
Sandy

Kaori said...

The photos are fantastic! The youtube video reminded me of a story I read in my textbook for Japanese class called Suho's White Horse...I think it was about a mongolian boy and his white horse. It had a sad ending...but I remember he makes a instrument from the horse. I know, my memory is very very vague ;-D

EG Wow said...

We are so lucky to have you post about places most of us will never see for ourselves! This is great and I will follow the link.

I hope someday you'll tell me why you get to travel to so many exotic places. I am extremely curious (and jealous).

EG Wow said...

I'm so glad I followed the link, Francisca! It was totally fascinating to hear the throat singing and marin whoor.

Prity said...

Great photos!! Love them!

Jacob said...

Hi Francisca! Now the question is:

How much was that kitty in the window
The one with the little red nose?

:-)

Have a great day or night whatever the case may be wherever you may be!

marisworld said...

What a fabulous opportunity to see this entertainment, funny isn't it how the best nights are always the unopredicted ones, off the cuff adn 'almost' mistakes.
Beautiful photos to match the perfect experience

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful ENTERTAINMENT through photos! Colorful and lovely!
Happy E Day!
Coralie

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I'm usually a little suspicious of those types of things also. I have some Native American friends who tell me there are two types of pow-wows - the ones done for the tourists and the real ones.

This looks like so much fun though, thanks for sharing!

tapirgal said...

Hello :)

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Cheryl D. said...

Wow, that seems like such a neat cultural experience. Very cool!

Sue said...

Actually, this looks pretty fascinating.

=)

Amiko said...

Yeah, Mongolian acrobat is famous in my country... thanks for sharing.

I'm your new follower via Alphabe-Thursday

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Throat singing is so amazing. Thanks for sharing your photos. Mongolia is one the places I've always wanted to explore.
Peace,
Su-sieee! Mac
This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

Annesphamily said...

This was beautiful and very entertaining! I am ecstatic that you posted this today and I am loving this beautiful music and culture. Thank you Anne

Mary said...

Those costumes are amazing~ I would have loved to see the acrobats perform! Spectacular photos :-)

JM said...

Fantastic shot! The outfits are amazing and I would have loved to attend that show.

Christy said...

What beautiful pictures! I loved the throat singing - that there are 12 diffferent sounds is amazing - that guy was great with only 6!

Susie of Arabia said...

Awesome costumes and great captures!

Pondside said...

You'll be responsible for a peak in tourism to Ulaanbaatar after this!

Evelyn said...

Lots of new meme's popping up, or should I get out more... Saw throat signing on TV - very unusual...

Tracy said...

sorry I am so late in commenting I have a week of being very busy. I loved your post thanks you