On December 1, 2005, Manduhai, a Jin Opera, presented by Hohhot Jin Opera Troupe of Inner Mongolia, won the Outstanding Play Award in the 9th China Opera Festival held in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province.
The newly compiled Jin Opera Manduhai of Mongolia Nationality history tells a real and affecting story happed in Inner Mongolia grassland in late 15th century. Facing the warring situation, Mongolia heroine Manduhai decisively sacrificed her own happiness and married the young lord Batumenghe who was only seven years old then to accomplish the unification cause of the desert. After marriage, she assisted her husband to create a stable and auspicious situation of nearlyone century.
The play Manduhai has strong grassland culture features, highlighting nationality and regional characteristics. The stage adopted freehand brushwork style to exhibit different grassland sceneries with simple stage property; the play integrates musical cultural elements of Mongolia Nationality into the traditional musical formulation of Jin Opera and adopted musical instruments of Mongolia such as Matouqin and Sihu. By doing so, the play maintains the characteristics of grassland culture as well as the Jin Opera features, formed unique cultural charms of grassland Jin Opera.