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NEWS AND EVENTS
April 11, 2014
Karakalpak folklore gets the ‘second life’
“In 1930-1970 years, language historians recorded thousands of texts of works of Karakalpak folklore. Since then, the manuscripts have been carefully preserved in the collections of our institute,” says Director of Karakalpakstan Research Institute of Humanities Makset Karlykbaev .

Today, we are making a huge job to perpetuate this stock, making it accessible and understandable to the present generation.

This week the printing office of Uzbekistan’s largest publishing and printing concern ‘Shark’ finished printing of the next book, a 100 volume edition of ‘Karakalpak Folklory’. The publication comprised the 67th - 76th volumes, dedicated to Karakalpak folk tales .

“This is the second attempt of compilation of the full-text collection of folklore in the modern history of implementation of the projects on the perpetuation of intangible culture of Karakalpak people. The first project was implemented in 1974-1992, when 22 volumes were published,” says executive editor of the collection, Deputy Director of Karakalpakstan Research Institute of Humanities Aytmurad Alniyazov

. “The present project is one of the most ambitious projects in Turkic philology. The work on the books began in 2007. The 76th volume is to see the light these days.

In the beginning, the project was intended to be a 100-volume, but today, as we systematize the materials, we realize that the actual size of the collection is going to be much greater. Each volume features a certain genre. The fact that many works are original and unedited is another feature of the new edition. Graphics is the only thing which is changed. The books are printed in Cyrillic, but many works are written in Arabic script or Latin.”

The work on another book is underway in Nukus. It will be devoted to small genres of folklore - anecdotes, legends, myths, tales.

The studies of folklore in Karakalpakstan Research Institute are versatile. There are comments to Karakalpak storie , full passport details of epics, music and photo stuff. This is a unique stock to help students learning Turkic philology.

The restoration and rerecording of 552 Karakalkaks folk melodies and 10 dastarkhans from plates and tapes on CDs is another interesting project.

(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)


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