HARTYGA is a Tuvan rock band, which was formed in Kyzyl in 2003. In 2002 Salchak Orlan, Ondar Angyr — ool, Sergek Sandyk, Nachyn Choreve, Naiys Dulush (the present members of the band) — entered the Kyzyl Art College named in honor of Chyrgal — Ool. In the evenings and after the lessons participants gathered «under the stairs» and played the personally called «their music» (from the very beginning they practiced rock and jazz with the Tuvan folk songs). The first performance of the group was held on May 9, 2003, in the basement of the dormitory of the Tuva State University, and after this event,the collective has changed its name into «MOM». The leader of the group and an initiator of its inception was guitarist and vocalist Salchak Orlan.