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Painted faces: Ghaffar Pourazar

Updated: 2012-09-10 16:52
By Cong Ruiting & Lou Yi ( chinadaily.com.cn)

The colorful makeup of Peking Opera masks Ghaffar Pourazar's nationality, and at the same time reveals the lifelong dedication of a true lover of the art.

Pourazar, or Gefa in Chinese, is one of the multitude of Peking Opera practitioners who vocalize or play the fiddle, using parks as their main rehearsal venue.

The Englishman of Iranian descent is not just a fan of Peking Opera, but also a practicing actor of the Chinese art. And more than his Chinese peers, he takes it around the world – teaching, demonstrating and performing.

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