An art protected, then perfected

Publish Time: 2020-08-03 Author: From:

Nyima performs Jiuhe Zhuo dance in Jiuhe village on July 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Traditional Tibetan dance form kept alive by inheritor of cultural heritage

LHASA-The history of Jiuhe Zhuo dance, which originated in Chonggyai county, Lhokha city, in the Tibet autonomous region, dates back more than 1,300 years. Also called the waist-drum dance, it has been used by Lhokha people to pray for good luck since ancient times. It is regarded as one of the oldest ethnic dance forms in the world.

Nyima, an inheritor of Jiuhe Zhuo, which is a national intangible cultural heritage, began learning the dance from his father at the age of nine and has performed for over 60 years. His performances have won him a national folk art award.

After decades of studying the dance, Nyima has also perfected his own style. He assumes the role of lead dancer and controls the movements and rhythm of the performance.

Nyima has trained dozens of young dancers and formed a dance troupe in Jiuhe village.

The young dancers often perform in different places, and Jiuhe Zhuo has become a way for villagers to alleviate poverty.

Apprentices of Nyima perform Jiuhe Zhuo dance in Jiuhe village of Chonggyai county, Lhokha city, in the Tibet autonomous region on July 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Nyima teaches primary school students how to perform Jiuhe Zhuo dance on July 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Nyima and his chargers perform the traditional dance in Jiuhe village on July 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Dancers swing their hair in time during a performance in the county in July, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Nyima interacts with pupils at a primary school in Chonggyai county on July 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

The experienced performer also needs to look after his livestock in Chonggyai. [Photo/Xinhua]

A group photo of Nyima and his trainees. [Photo/Xinhua]

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