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A performance of Tibetan opera is a traditional program during the Shoton Festival. This year, numerous teams, including many amateur performers, are hitting the stage in Lhasa on the occasion of the festival.
The history of Tibetan opera dates back more than 1,300 years, making it one of the oldest styles of drama in China. At this year's Shoton Festival, 14 troupes are taking part. Experts on Tibetan opera from all over the country, are watching and giving marks to the performances.
Performer, Lhasa, said, "We use our spare time to practice. We are all farmers and always rehearse the opera when doing farm work. I've studied Tibetan opera for 13 years."
These amateur performers are playing the traditional opera, "Tang Princess Wencheng", which tells a story of friendship, between Tibetan and Han ethnic groups.
Tenzing Tsering, Member, Tivetan Opera Survey Committee, said, "There are about 200 troupes in Tibet. More and more people are interested in Tibetan opera now, especially young people. During the past few years, most opera fans were the elderly. Now, people from all ages are gradually realizing the charm of opera. We will keep publicizing Tibetan opera, to let more people enjoy it."
Experts also said the future development of Tibetan opera will focus on the combination of tradition with morden flavor to attract even more younger audiences.