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In Homage to a Great Dancer

The State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan opens the exhibition timed to 102 years of day of birth of the outstanding dancer, People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Mukarram Turghunboeva.

Mukarram Turghunboeva was born in Ferghana. After graduating from the Pedagogical High School she went working to the Samarqand State Music Theater, where she participated in music plays.

In 1932 – 1933 under supervision of the masters Olim Komilov and Tamara Khanum she worked out a series of movements for Uzbek dances, in 1936 she authored the dance ‘Pakhta’, and in 1937 she led the staging of dances for the musical drama ‘Gulsara.’

While working at the Alisher Navoi State Academic Grand Theater in 1939 Mukarram Turghunboeva learnt the secrets of the dancing art from a number of ballet masters. Together with Olim Komilov and Aleksandr Tomsky she staged a ballet ‘Shohida.’

Mukarram Turghunboeva performed such dances as ‘Tanovar’, ‘Zang’, ‘Pilla’, ‘Andijon polkasi’, and over 200 Uzbek dances of different styles, which included in the golden collection of the national culture and art.

In 1957 was created the state dancing ensemble ‘Bahor’, and the master became a chief choreographer of this ensemble. At the same year the ensemble participated in the International Festival of Youth and Students. In 1971 at the 13th International Festival in Leipzig, Germany, the ensemble received ‘the gold medal.’ The ensemble presented the Uzbek dancing art in many countries worldwide.  

From 1947 Mukarram Turghunboeva began teaching at the Tashkent High School of Choreography, and fostered lots of talented dancers and professional choreographers. 

For her contribution in the development of Uzbek dancing Mukarram Turghunboeva was awarded several orders and medals, as well as state prizes. In the years after gaining independence she was posthumously decorated with the Order ‘Buyuk Khizmatlari Uchun’ (For Great Services). 

The exhibition timed to this outstanding person displays the master’s personal attires, portraits, photos,, documentaries and her concerts video recordings. 

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