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NEWS AND EVENTS
February 19, 2013
In Harmony with Sounds of the Times: The great music heritage of our culture – shashmaqom
It is barely possible to stop admiring the subtlety and diversity of the national culture. So much harmony and combination with reality, that is why the spiritual heritage keeps being modern since long time, bewitching with its perfection and topicality at all times.

It is for the first time, for to familiarize the youth with the medieval classical Eastern music, the National Gallery of Fine Arts of Uzbekistan has hosted an experimental project with a terse name “Shashmaqom.” According to the author of the idea Husniddin Atoev, the key idea of the project was to find a format in which it would be possible to perform shashmaqom easily apprehended by the present-day youngsters, and, it is turned successful.

All six traditional classical parts of shashmaqom was possible to listen to in six different halls in accordance with the names of maqoms.

Professional musicians and soloists performed six-minute program of all six parts with interval of a few minutes, playing them in various old instruments.

Shashmaqom - the system consisting of six maqoms (traditional classical songs) – buzruk, rost, navo, dugoh, segoh, iroq, that were played by musicians in dutor, chang, nai, and tanbur. The audience had the opportunity to get the expression on sounding of maqoms in different tones, and got acquainted with diversity of their tunes. “That was the main point of our project,” explains Husniddin Atoev. “The light sounding of the Eastern music, its unobtrusiveness and attractiveness for people that visit various national feasts, weddings – it is what makes this style popular with people in Uzbekistan.” Maqoma are performed to lyrics by classical Eastern poets, including Bobur, Lutfiy, Mashrab, Uvaisiy, Muqimiy, Furqat, and, of course, to unsurpassed gazelles by Alisher Navoi.

In 2003, shashmaqom was recognized one of masterpieces that was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. “Performance of shashmaqoms contributes to the development of acting techniques, and creative enriching,” says Shuhrat Kholkhujaev (tanbur player), “music takes to the national roots, and mutual enrichment of cultures happening, which is very important.” (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper).


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