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The Winners of Gulbaba Children’s Contest Determined

A solemn ceremony in honour of summing up the results of the state contest for awarding Gulbaba Children’s Prize, annually organised by the Central Council of the Magtymguly Youth Organisation to determine the best of the best children endowed with various talents, was held at the Centre for Public Organisations of Turkmenistan. Despite their young age, all of them, are already making a significant contribution to the development of national culture, art and scientific creativity, increasing the ranks of the intellectual movement of the younger generation of our country. The competition started in late December of the last year, and during the winter school holidays, after a careful selection, a special commission determined the names of the lucky owners of the title of laureates of this grandiose competition out of 183 contenders for the title of winners.

The President of Turkmenistan holds session on development of cultural sphere and mass media

On December 23, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has held video conference session dedicated to development of cultural sphere and improvement of activity of mass media. The Head of the State has listened to the reports on performed work, having focused on special important of the objectives in the context of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence, which is celebrated in 2021.

«Star of the Year» Young Pop Singer Competition Finishes

The Final Round of the Youth Arts Contest «Ýylyň Parlak Ýyldyzy» («Star of the Year») Takes Place in the Capital City. The competition of young pop singers is held with a view of encouraging the professional development of performers, promoting the modern musical culture of Turkmenistan, revealing and supporting talented youth, including those from rural areas. This is what President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who sees the happy future of the Motherland in the inspired younger generation, calls for.

Beshir: subculture in Turkmen carpet weaving

Handmade Turkmen carpets are known for their beauty, great technique of execution and rich variety of ornaments. It is interesting to watch how the carpet is created. Sometimes working together, the craftswomen act harmoniously, almost synchronously; occasionally checking with the layout lying at a distance, they make a canvas with a symmetrical pattern, without foreign parts or distortion of the layout, as if the canvas were woven by a machine capable of reproducing images with mathematical precision. This is a true classic of folk art with a centuries-old history. According to scientific sources, it is known that the carpet was invented by nomadic peoples who were engaged in cattle breeding. This contributed to the creation of a variety of shapes and sizes of woven products required in the field conditions. Rugs were perfect for the camp lifestyle as they were warm, soft and easy to carry. Turkmen women wove haly for warming floors, and for storing things, dishes and household utensils carpet containers they made large and small bags – chuvals, torbas and horjuns. These products performed not only a utilitarian, a social, but also an aesthetic function, creating comfort at home. The wellbeing of the family was determined by the number of such items. Sheep’s wool was and remains the main material for their manufacture. For this purpose, the best long fleece of the

Turkmen Bagshies, Custodians of Turkmen Literature and Culture

The word «bagshy» (bak-shi) comes from the ancient Indian Sanscrit language which meant «clerk», but in the Middle Ages in the Turkmen language it acquired the meaning «the musician and singer», along with another Turkmen word «ozan» which meant « a story teller». So «ozan» and «bagsy» were the synonyms in the meaning of «a story teller and singer». They usually participated in different parties held in connection with wedding ceremonies, national holidays and during the celebration of different family events. In general Turkmens liked to listen to their performances of destans, folk novels and songs to the accompaniment of their two stringed musical instrument. The epics «Asly and Kerem», Sayatly and Hemra» «Gorkut ata» (The Book of my grandfather Gorkut») the heroic folk epic «Gorogly», «Asly and Kerem», Sayatly and Hemra», «Shasenem and Garyp» and others were the parts of Turkmen literature and culture.

The artist’s soul is in his paintings

The works of this painter attract with colour and depth, the plots of his paintings, inextricably linked with the culture and ancient traditions of the Turkmen people, are full of life realism. At the end of June 2020, at the ceremony of awarding cultural workers and art masters who won the creative contest of the President of Turkmenistan entitled “Türkmeniň Altyn Asyry”, the high honorary title of the People’s Artist of Turkmenistan was conferred to Ishanguly Ishanguliyev. This significant event prompted me to acquaint myself with him and learn more about his creative activities.

National pride of the people

President of TurkmenistanGurbanguly Berdimuhamedov:“Our people have reached glorious heights during the years of Sacred Independence.” An exhibition dedicated to the 29th anniversary of the independence of Turkmenistan has been launched at the State Museum of the State Cultural Centre. Among the invited guests were scientists and cultural figures of our country. The festive exposition consisted of literary works of the President of Turkmenistan, books dedicated to the national leader, works of fine arts, highly artistic carpets with plots, sculptural compositions, photographic materials and valuable collection of exhibits from the Museum of the President of Turkmenistan.

Ornament – unique hanwriting of the people

Every traveller, returning from distant wanderings, seeks to take with him for memory some souvenirs made by the hands of a folk master, which will vividly revive in memory the joy of contact with the culture of the people, because this is part of the country he or she visited. By the way, souvenirs brought from different countries are the basis of many private art collections. Among the types of national decorative and applied arts of Turkmenistan, carpet weaving, of course, occupies a leading position, and world-famous Turkmen carpet ornaments are successfully used by craftsmen in the creation of almost all types of souvenir products. This is natural, because the traditional Turkmen ornament is the language of millennia; our ancestors used its symbols long before the emergence of writing. It is no coincidence that patterns appeared on clothing, textiles, household items, and even in the form of filigree carving in architecture.

Young talents — the pride of the country

Final concert of the Garaşsyzlygyň Merjen Däneleri children’s contest The final of the children’s music and song contest entitled “Garaşsyzlygyň Merjen Däneleri” took place at the Mukam Palace of the State Cultural Centre.

Ýaňlan, diýarym! reveals new talentsthe final of the popular vocal competition

The final round of the Ýaňlan, Diýarym! TV vocal competition of amateur young performers took place at the Ashgabat song and music centre in the capital city. The unique project, held each year on the eve of Independence Day within the framework of the Türkmeniň Altyn Asyry contest announced by the President of Turkmenistan, contributes to realising the creative potential of youth and giving young people access to the invaluable spiritual treasury of the nation and the richest musical culture.