Colin Mackerras has been to the Tibet Autonomous Region four times, in 1985, 1990, 1997, and in 2002. In addition, he has been to other Tibetan areas, in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan, many times. When he visits any area, he is never shy to talk to the locals and jots down all he sees. He has also taken many pictures, of which those below are a small sample.
Below are just a few images of his time in 2002. They show a surprisingly strong survival of Tibetan culture.
Tibetan drama dates from the fifteenth century and is the oldest form of minority ethnic drama in China. It is characterised by smooth and melismatic singing method and extensive use of masks, with the stories about the struggle between good and evil and based on Tibetan history or Buddhist themes.
For more information, See Chinese Drama, Chapter 8, by Colin Mackerras published by New World Press, Beijing in 1990.
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