If you want to plunge into antiquity and enjoy the magical melody of dastans - be sure to visit the evening.
Dostans are an integral part of the rich and unique culture of our people. Centuries passed, but the interest in them has not died away. The capital hosted an evening with folk epic Bakhshi of Uzbekistan, Abdunazar Ponoev.
The event started at 6 pm and guests gathered. In the next two hours they let go off everyday troubles and enjoyed the journey into epos "Kelin" - "daughter in law".
“Uzbek folk songs arose on the basis of archaic Turkic folklore and our ancient national history. The musical art of Uzbekistan can be traced back to four regions, which is reflected in the formation of original schools of narrators: Samarkand, Surkhandarya, Kashkadarya, Khorezm and Karakalpakstan. Dastans are based on legends about national heroes, historical events, people’s lives, wars and battles, and off course love. People gathered around a large bonfire and listened to stories. Small dostans last two to three hours, longer ones can last ten-fifteen, and even twenty hours. Dostans were passed on from one mahalla to the next. It’s hard to believe, but these traditions exist to this day.” Husniddin Atoyev project manager of the event, told Uzbekistan Today.
Dastans are traditionally chanted in a special throat singing manner and the singer plays the lute or kobuz (two-stringed bowed instrument). AbdunazarPonoev sings dastans for more than thirty years. Bahshi performed in Azerbaijan, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Taiwan, Turkey, Switzerland and France. Several dastans and songs performed by him are recorded and stored in the " golden fund" of radio. The famous artist was awarded the title of the ‘People's Bakhshi of Republic of Uzbekistan’.
“Sounds of dombra always awake incredible feelings within me,” says Bakhshi. “Music is a means of opening the spiritual world of a hero and creating a wholesome composition. Tunes of dastans are called "nama" or "nagma". The more diversity in the performance of nama, the more interesting it is for the listener. But Dastan is not a song. Songs are sung and dostans are narrated.”
The event attracted a lot of people of all ages and tastes. During the break, we had a chance to talk with the Ambassador of the Republic of Bangladesh, Mosud Mannan, who shared his impressions: “Uzbekistan's rich culture never ceases to amaze me. Whenever I visit your country, I always try not to miss a musical evening. Last week I enjoyed the performance of the group " Manzur " from Bukhara.Today this wonderful Bakhshi made this evening unforgetable. In my country, we have a lot of regions, each with its own characteristics of music. I compared uzbek folk songs with songs from Bangladesh and found similarities. Unfortunately, I can not enjoy the semantic content of the dostan, but I enjoyed the music with its rich variety of timbre and dynamic sounds.”
The thrill of live performance is indeed incredible. Dostans can’t be described in words, they must be heard and felt.