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UCA launches new cultural heritage publications on the Pamirs
Central Asia | science | 10:57, 19 November 2015 | 2059

AKIPRESS.COM - The University of Central Asia (UCA) announced about launch of three new books at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe on November 12.

The books, which focus on the history and cultures of the Pamir region of Tajikistan, include Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs by Mira Bubnova and two volumes in The Musical Arts of the Pamirs series by Nizom Nurdjanov, Fayzulla Karomatov and Bahriniso Kabilova.

“This series is widely viewed as the most comprehensive work on Pamir music to-date and UCA is pleased to have played a role in preserving this heritage,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies.

The three recently launched books are part of UCA's larger Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit collection.

The Musical Arts of the Pamirs is a five-volume study on folk music, oral history, dance and theatre traditions of the Pamir region. The series is the culmination of 40 years of field work conducted by Nurdjanov and Karomatov, with support from the Art History Department of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography named after Ahmad Donish at the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan. The fourth and fifth volumes in the Musical Arts of the Pamir series were launched at the event.

The fourth volume, on Tales, Epics and Legends, presents epics, musical fairytales and humorous songs of the Pamirs. The work of local and classical poets, such as Nasir Khusraw, Sanoi, Attor, Abdurrahman Jami and Shams Tabrezi, are also featured. The fifth and final volume covers Instrumental Music, including melodies for instruments and ensembles and lyrical songs based on local, folk and classical Tajik-Persian poetry. A section is dedicated to talented musician and singer Navruzsho Kurbonaseynov. The book concludes with a section on lyrical songs performed by artists of the Khorog Music and Drama Theatre, which was founded in 1936 and continues to foster the rich musical and poetic traditions of the region.

The first volume in the series, on Musical Heritage of the Pamirian Tajiks focuses on lyrical songs based on both popular local texts and genres and classical Tajik-Persian poetry. Volume two, on Musical Performance and Dances of the Pamirian Tajiks, describes folk music and performing arts of the region, highlighting the complex musical-dramatic genre of song and dance performances. The third book, Ritual Music: Birth, Wedding, and Funeral, describes the music, performances and epics that accompany Badakhshani family celebrations and festivals.

Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs is the second in a two-part series on the unique history, artifacts and preservation of archaeological relics of the Pamir mountains. Based on extensive fieldwork, the publication includes unique maps and illustrations and original research on 300 monuments, as well as the history of communities of the Eastern Pamirs, from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. The companion volume, Archaeological Map of the Western Pamirs by Bubnova, was published in 2008.

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