The ensemble was founded in June 1999. All members of the ensemble have either studied at the conservatory in Ulaanbaatar and work as professional musicians today.
As to Mongolian terms and their spelling, we decided to use the most common form, a decision that wasn't always easy to take; on the one hand, the Mongols have been using Cyrillic letters since the 1940's, on the other hand they have now re-introduce the old Mongolian writing in the schools. By the way, this is a writing, which originates from that of the Uighurs, an ancient Turk people.
Traditional Mongolian folk music reflects the large variety of Mongolian and Turkish tribes that were for the first time united in the 13th century under the rule of Genghis Khan to become one Mongolian people.
Nowadays, we find Mongolian tribes in the Republic of Mongolia (Outer Mongolia), in Inner Mongolia (Province of Xinjiang in the Republic of China) as well as in Buryatia and in the Kalmucks' Republic on the River Volga ("Kalmuck" derives from the Turkish word "kalmak", meaning those who remained there, "settled there")
Tumbash is a symbol for four animals, which live peacefully and happily together. According to an Indian fairy-tale, a pigeon, a hare, a monkey and an elephant lived peacefully and happily together and respect the older. Thanks to their friendship and peaceful togetherness, they had been able to achieve a lot. These animals helped an oppressed people to free themselves from the authorities. By holding together with this people, they could overcome the evil prince and chase away.
The word "tumbash" is also mentioned in the ancient Sutra "Subashid", the Treasure of Wisdom.