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Court Dance

"Gar" is a kind of song and dance in the Western Regions singing and dancing style. It was originally a dance with religious coloring introduced from the Western Regions. Absorbing the movements and style of Tibetan dance, it later became a court dance. Picture shows the Potala Palace Singing and Dancing Team performing. Performers, each wearing colored garments, caps with a white cloth circle, boots with bells attached and holding a small axe in the hand, dance and sing at the same time. Every time they sing a sentence of the lyrics, they change the movement and posture. The lyrics have a religious content. Accompanying musical instruments include "Darma" (copper skinned drum), "Gyaling" (Suona) and Kenkar (similar to the Uygur "Aijieke"). It also provides clues to the links between the Western Region and Tibetan song and dances (1957)

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