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Biography

Ahn Sook-sun (Hangul: 안숙선, b. 5 September 1949, Namwon, South Korea) is a renowned singer and musician. During an interview, Ahn has described pansori as a "one-man opera," where the stories are told orally without formal musical notation.

"Pansori is part of the Korean tradition, but it's something that anyone from anywhere in the world can understand and feel," said Ahn, who has been performing pansori around the globe since 1989. "Every performance is focused on telling a story. So anyone could relate to a pansori performance for the same reason any Korean person could relate to the story of Romeo and Juliet."

She has also been designated a "living cultural asset" of South Korea. The living cultural assets are an elite group of individuals considered the best performers of the country’s traditional dance or music. While they're given lifelong government support, they are also obligated to share and spread their art and expertise throughout the country and the world.

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