Tungalag


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990091
Name: Tungalag
Parent's name: Jadamba
Ovog: Borjigon
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1956
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: higher
Notes on education:
Work: retired
Belief: none
Born in: Tsetserleg sum, Arhangai aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: teacher
Father's profession: engineer


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Summary of Interview 090113B with Tungalag


Davaadorj, Tungalag’s husband, is a musician. He was a leader of a famous musical ensemble “Silver Waterfall (Möngön Hürhree)”, established in the 1970s. This ensemble paved the way for more successful musical bands such as “Railroad (Ganzam)”, and “Ulaanbaatar”. He also was a songwriter and composed many songs including 15-16 songs for kindergarten children. Davaadorj worked as musician and music teacher for ages and then retired. Tungalag and Davaadorj got married and had 5 children. There are a dancer and a musician among their children, who follow their parent’s footsteps.


Tungalag spent her childhood with her parents and playing with her many brothers and sisters. She was the first of seven children and was a good girl who used to help her parents to raise their children. She spent her entire life in Ulaanbaatar city as result of migrating with her family even though she was born in Arhangai aimag. When she was a child, Ulaanbaatar was a smokeless beautiful city that had a sprawling suburb in which deer were seen sometimes. Tungalag was awarded vacations in summer camps such as Selbe and Yanzaga because she was a leader of a commission for her school unit while she was in school. From that time on, she started to dance and learned to be on the stage in front of many people. Tungalag used to study in contortion as well when she was a child.


Generally, she devoted her life to spreading dance education among children and youth besides working as dance instructor and conducting dance circles. However, a medical condition that kept her from doing her work - varicose veins on her left leg – developed. Thus, she attended a rapid course for economic engineering at the National University of Mongolia in 1997 and graduated as engineer and economist. Then she did laboratory jobs, worked as an operator for a building construction complex and eventually retired. She has been supervising a dance circle and working as dance instructor still even though she faced such suffering and obstacles.