A new high cultural award "N.Norovbanzad Award" for the best of the best cultural works of Mongolia, dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of the Mongolian Hero of Labor, State Prize Laureate, National Artist of Mongolia and a legendary singer of Mongolian long song of the century N.Norovbanzad, has been officially introduced by "Norovbanzad" Mongolian Cultural Foundation. And an award ceremony took place yesterday on December 14, 2011.
”Norovbanzad” Mongolian Cultural Foundation was established in 2006 and the legendary singer’s daughter B.Delgermaa serves as the head of the foundation.
The award winners are:
- The AIDA opera by Giuseppe Verde, played by the artists of the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, was nominated and honored with “Best Cultural Work” award;
- A National Artist, horse-head fiddle
player and musician of the National Song and Dance Ensemble Ch.Batsaikhan received the “Best Professional Artist” award;
- Doctor of Arts D.Ouyntsetseg, who proved that a long song based on scientific research is the classical art created by the Mongolians, was awarded with the “Best Intellectual Work” award.
During the ceremony, “Norovbanzad” Foundation has announced that the event will be held every two years.
A legendary singer and Queen of Mongolian long song N.Norovbanzad (1931-2002)
N.Norovbanzad was born in a livestock raising family on December 10, 1931 at a site of Suudertiin Ulaan Ovoo in Deren sum of Dundgovi
aimag. From the age of 15, she started singing as an amateur singer in "red corner" (now known as a theatre) of Deren sum.
After winning a Gold medal at the World Youth Festival Folk Song Competition for her “Seruun Saikhan Khangai” song in Moscow in 1957, her popularity went on growing and she became an ambassador of Mongolian music on the International scene. As the number-one singer of Mongolian long song she holds many awards and titles, including an Honored Artist of Mongolia in 1961, National Artist of Mongolia in 1969, State Prize Laureate in 1984, the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in Japan in 1993 and Mongolian Hero of Labor in 1997 respectively.
Her long songs “Uvgun Shuvuu Khoyor”, “Durtmal”, “Tsevtsger Khurdan Sharga”, “Seruun Saikhan Khangai” and “Uykhan Zambuutiviin Naran” have become unique works in the history of Mongolian culture.
N.Norovbanzad’s spouse is a famous writer N.Banzragch. They have three daughters, and the youngest one B.Delgermaa is a politician and a former Member of the Parliament.