Slovakia post along with Korea issued a set of postage stamps to mark 20th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.
Slovakia is a picturesque land of rich plains and high mountains, lying directly in the heart of Europe. Owing to its geographic location and modest area it has always been in the crossroads of culture streams passing through the European continent. Folk songs, music, dance and national folk costumes are very diverse, different in every region, containing specific poetics and conspicuous temperament.
The Lú?nica art ensemble is a representative of this cultural heritage. With its activity, artistic craftsmanship and fantasy, inspired by folk tradition, it creates dance and music scenic images with professional art charge while at the same time maintaining the originality of own national culture.
During the ensemble’s 65 years of history (first public appearances are dated as far as 1948) more than 2500 young people, mostly university students, have become its members. Lú?nica with its top-class art, beauty, youth and hot temperament has dazzled audience both at home and abroad. It became a cultural ambassador of its own country, representing the Slovak Republic (and Czechoslovakia before 1993) in the most universal language, which does not need any translation, that is with its own national culture.
Pansori is a genre of musical storytelling performed by a vocalist and a drummer. This popular tradition, characterized by expressive singing, stylized speech, a repertory of narratives and gesture, embraces both elite and folk culture. During performances lasting up to eight hours, a male or female singer, accompanied by a single drum, improvises on texts that combine rural and erudite literary expressions.
The term Pansori is derived from the Korean words pan, meaning “a place where many people gather”, and sori meaning “song”. Pansori originated in south-west Korea in the seventeenth century, probably as a new expression of the narrative songs of shamans.
It remained an oral tradition among the common people until the late nineteenth century, by which time it acquired more sophisticated literary content and enjoyed considerable popularity among the urban elite. The settings, characters and situations that make up the Pansori universe are rooted in the Korea of the Joseon period (1392 – 1910).
Pansori singers undergo long and rigorous training to master the wide range of distinct vocal timbres and to memorize the complex repertories.
Title: 20th Anniversary of Slovakia – Korea Diplomatic Relations
Date of Issue: 31 May 2013
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