515. Mongolian Art & Throat Singing Video – 2014.

Ruth writes: It isn’t often that we hear about a Mongolian event in
Toronto. An art exhibition was included in the recent Culture Days
weekend. Of course I couldn’t miss it. I love Mongolia. I’ve been
there three times — attracted by its big skies, its horses, its music,  boots. I could go on and on about it.

Amai on Skype.

Amai on Skype.

The Mongolian art exhibit was in the East Asian Library at the University of Toronto on September 26. The highlight for me was an example of khoomei – Amai, the singer, refused to call it “throat singing”. That of the world-traveling adventurist-author was more profound and spiritual than any of the throat singing I heard in Mongolia. It was short and wonderful, more like what I’ve heard in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries than in tourist shows in Ulan Bator.
Amai sang to us from New York City via Skype. He had been unable to get a visa in time to come to Toronto. Links to a video and to Amai’s interesting website are below.

Lkhagva Amarsanaa.  Copyright ©2014 Ruth Lor Malloy

Lkhagva Amarsanaa. Copyright ©2014 Ruth Lor Malloy

I saw two of the three artists present from Mongolia. Lkhagva Amarsanaa was demonstrating Mongolian calligraphy. He was the most popular as he translated the names of attenders into beautiful ancient Mongolian script.   The country currently uses Cyrillic.

Artist, Lkhagva Amarsanaa.

Artist, Lkhagva Amarsanaa.

These pieces were simple compared to some of his other works. I wasn’t able to get artist Ochirbat Enkhtaivan to stand beside his horse paintings. He was too busy helping Amarsanaa sell the calligraphy to members of the eager audience. But Bolor Sambuu of the Canada Mongolia Chamber of Commerce agreed to pose with one. The Chamber sponsored the event.

Bolor Sambuu,  Canada Mongolia Chamber of Commerce with painting by Ochirbat Enktaivan.

Bolor Sambuu, Canada Mongolia Chamber of Commerce with painting by Ochirbat Enktaivan.

Another highlight was Prof. Jennifer Purtle’s illustrated lecture on contemporary Mongolian art and calligraphy.

Dr. Jennifer Purtle. Copyright ©2014 Ruth Lor Malloy

Dr. Jennifer Purtle. Copyright ©2014 Ruth Lor Malloy

I expected lots of official speeches but Prof. Purtle’s talk was enlightening and worth hearing. You never can tell what to expect.

Khulan Ganbaatar, dancer at Mongolian Art Exhibition. Copyright ©2014 Ruth Lor Malloy

Khulan Ganbaatar, dancer at Mongolian Art Exhibition. Copyright ©2014 Ruth Lor Malloy

Video of Amai’s khoomei: http://youtu.be/wYqotfjY0MM
Information about Amai: https://www.facebook.com/amaiaround/info

2 Comments

  1. I was delighted to be with friends again to listen to see the wonderful works of great Mongolian artists Amai, the throat singer and Lkhagva Amarsanaa, Ochirbat Enkhtaivan (calligraphy). The outfits and listen to the language spoken in Toronto.It was unusual.

    I am happy that Bolor and Joe(Canada Mongolia Chamber of Commerce) gave our citizens such a nice treat.
    (Ruth – I was there and gave some assistance setting up but had to leave due to prior engagement.)

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