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Turkmen Land Is Full of Talents

The Museum of Fine Arts of Turkmenistan hosted a creative contest-exhibition held within the framework of state events to mark the 30th anniversary of the sacred independence of our Motherland and the motto of the year “Turkmenistan – the Home of Peace and Trust”. The organiser of the event was the Ministry of Culture of our country. The main goal of the competition is to popularise and develop the national fine and decorative arts and to preserve its best traditions. Participants in the competition were painters, graphic artists, carpet artists, sculptors, designers (architecture, interior and decor), ceramists and jewellers from all velayats of Turkmenistan. For several hours, a special atmosphere of contemplating art presentations reigned under the dome of the museum. Craftsmen from each velayat presented their works in six nominations: painting, graphics, sculpture, woven tapestries, design and jewellery. Based on the rich national creative heritage, the contestants in their works told about the centuries-old history of the Turkmen people, reflecting all its diversity. It embodies worldly wisdom and natural beauty, which ensured the durability of folk art.

Culture is the soul of people

Organizing large – scale wedding parties, going to the parties with presents is one of the wonderful traditions of the Turkmen people which made a great contribution to the culture of humanity the roots of which go back to ancient times. Not long ago our people ceremonially celebrated the Day of Workers of Culture and Art and Poetry of Magtymguly Pyragy. Here we want to tell about the book «Turkmen Culture» written in 2015 by the Head of our state. Getting acquainted with the book «Turkmen Culture» consisting of 34 chapters and 264 pages, hundreds of original, beautiful pictures a great respect and the love of our Esteemed President for the national culture of our people, art, music and songs, traditions expressed in the book add to our feelings of pride and high spirit. The content of the book shows that the roots of culture of our people go back to the depth of millennium, the contribution of the Turkmen people to the world culture and the Turkmen land is the home of ancient agriculture. Besides that it tells about the role of culture in multilateral development of Turkmenistan during the years of Independence, especially during the Epoch of Might and Happiness.

Magtymguly — the poet of the soul of humanity

Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOV,President of Turkmenistan: — Magtymguly Pyragy is a great poet who created wonderful works and spread philosophy, traditions, spiritual melodies and dreams of our people formed in centuries in the world. Our people accepted his fine poems calling upon the people to unity, friendship, humaneness as the spiritual guide, as the rules of life. In order to study the rich and valuable literary heritage of Magtymguly Pyragy, included into the golden treasury of the world literature, his world outlook, the philosophical ideas of his poems, his influence on the Turkmen life in the 18th and 19th centuries, to show the indissoluble connection of his creative work with scientific – cultural life of Turkmen people and the whole East through digital technologies, to draw attention of the international scientific — literary community to his poetic world and with the aim to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the birthday of this great poet and philosopher on the international level, the 300th Anniversary of the Birthday of Magtymguly Pyragy, the great philosopher and classic poet of the East will be celebrated on the high organizational level in 2024 according to the Decree of our esteemed President. Of course the monument constructed at the beautiful foot – hills of the Kopetdag Mountains, making eternal the image of Magtymguly Pyrag

For the glory of women of the native land!

Festive Concert in Honour of International Women’s Day On the eve of International Women’s Day, widely celebrated in our country, a concert in honour of the glorious daughters of the Motherland was held at the Mukam Palace of the State Cultural Centre.

A student of the State University Becomes the Winner of the Talyp Gözeli Title

The Centre for Public Organisations of our country has been selected as the venue for the final round of the annual inter-university contest entitled “Talyp Gözeli”, which is a joint initiative of Magtymguly Youth Organisation of Turkmenistan, the Women’s Union and the Ministry of Education. Representatives of the higher educational establishments, the winners of its previous stages, who had passed with honour a serious way of the competitive struggle for the cherished title of Student Beauty of the current year, gathered there to take part in the final round. The contest is known to be primarily based on revealing the important qualities and capabilities that every woman should nurture and develop. After all, virtuously possessing a whole range of skills that help create a cosy home and a special atmosphere of family warmth, girls continue the original traditions bequeathed to them by their mothers and grandmothers. And this is the enchanting beauty of their soul, the beauty that actually defines the leading leitmotif and the tasks of the contest under the traditional name “Talyp Gözeli”, lies in.

The President of Turkmenistan holds session in improvement of cultural and mass media sphere

On February 7, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has held video conference working session with participation of some members of the Government, heads of cultural and mass media sphere, profile departments, directors of universities. Outcomes of work on development cultural sphere and mass media in the last year have been reviewed and future objectives have been specified at the session. First, Minister of Culture A. Shamyradov has informed in his report on the outcomes of activity of facilities under the Ministry that integrated work has been carried out last year for strengthening of equipment and facility base and promotion of digitization, improvement of professional level of art personnel, making of modern meaningful and highly creative works.

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 lowl

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.

Turkmenistan – UNESCO: the chronicle of events

1993 – Turkmenistan was admitted to UNESCO as a full member. 1994 – Turkmenistan ratified the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. It has become a fundamental document for cooperation between our country and UNESCO.

Culture – the soul and pride of the nation

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOV: “We highly evaluate the UNESCO’s assistance in safeguarding and promoting the rich cultural and historical heritage of Turkmenistan and unique natural sites of our country.”

“Decorative folklore” – property of the people

Being based on the rich experience of the ancestors of the past centuries and the historical potential of local traditions and taking into account the trends and priorities of our time, today’s craftsmen and masters of ornament continue to develop and improve folk arts, enriching them with new content. The Turkmen ornament is the most valuable historical material, which has retained its oldest fundamental principle, and the most important source for studying the history and ethnogeny of the people who created it. One of the main reasons of the ornamental nature of Turkmen art is the worldview of a semi-nomadic ethnic group living in the harsh climatic conditions of the desert landscape. The greatness of the human for nomads is manifested in the ability to contemplate and to understand the Universe and the world around them on their own way. That is why the ornament is also called “decorative folklore.”

Family Tradition

There are professions for which a person seems to be born specifically, that is, in fact, it is his fate. One of the such people is Dayanch Durdiyev, who works as a junior dog breeder in the recently established complex of the Türkmen Alabaý Itleri Economic Society, intended for selection and pedigree work, keeping and breeding of dogs of the alabay breed. Dayanch’s family has a special affection for these intelligent animals, characterised by unlimited courage, excellent watchdog skills, absolute trust and devotion to humans. Keeping alabays has already become a family tradition – they always have a place in their private home. The young man’s father, grandfather, great-grandfather and four brothers were engaged in this business, and he himself has two beloved pets in his care. Therefore, it is not surprising that D. Durdiyev passed a strict competitive selection for work at the Türkmen Alabaý Itleri Economic Society, where he has been working since September 2019.