FORUM OF ART, BEAUTY AND GOODNESS
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Samarkand actively preparing for the X International Music Festival "Sharq taronalari". Representatives from more than 60 countries expected to participate in this prestigious international cultural event this year. This international forum had been organized on the initiative of President Islam Karimov in 1997, and held every two years, it serves to the preservation and development of our national musical culture, as well as national music and song traditions of the peoples of the world, uniting through the art of various nations and nationalities.
UzA correspondents via the Internet asked the opinions of foreign artists - winners of the festival "Shark Taronalari".
Masaaki Yamada, a member of the group "Chikuyusha", winner of the IX International Music Festival "Sharq taronalari" (Japan):
— Artists, guests from around the world participate, share their experiences and become friends within the music festival "Sharq taronalari". I still correspond and communicate with colleagues, whom I met at the festival in 2013.
Together with our team we play music on ancient Japanese instrument - shakuhachi. A kind of sweet melody of this musical instrument made of bamboo, gives a person a sense of inner peace and harmony. Thanks to the "Sharq Taronalari" we and our musical instrument attracted the attention of fans of musical art from all over the world. I think it is important in maintaining the seldom-used tool - shakuhachi.
At the festival, all the conditions are created for the participants. As a result, we were able to fully demonstrate our skills and become winners. Until now, those exciting moments remain my memory.
Festival "Sharq taronalari" gave us the brightest moments in our lives. On the occasion of this event, we stayed in Uzbekistan for nearly a week. Vast experience and boundless pleasure received from the initiation to the national traditions, unique culture, customs and traditions of your people. Sightseeing of ancient Samarkand was unforgettable, which is located on the Silk Road, the intersection of East and West. We were amazed at the sight of the practical implementation of the rich history of the Uzbek people - ancient monuments and sacred places of worship, including a mosque Bibihonum, complexes of Registan, Shahi Zinda, the mausoleum of Amir Temur and Ulugbek observatory.
However, the city is attractive for its modern appearance. Wide and clean streets, stately buildings, tree-lined avenues, affluent markets pleased our eyes. In short, we are delighted with the large-scale work carried out in Samarkand under the leadership of President Islam Karimov. It turns out, there is no accident that travel agencies in Japan organized many tours in this fabulous city. The opportunity to see firsthand what we learned in school - a great happiness for us and honor. I would like to come back to your country.
Kilema Randrianantoandro, artist of group "Takideda", winner of the VIII International Music Festival "Sharq taronalari" (Madagascar):
— Cultural event "Shark Taronalari", which glorified worldwide - is a stronghold of peace and friendship. Several times I took part in this festival. In 2011, our team won the third place. Festival "Sharq taronalari" is significant for the basic idea aimed at encouraging people to a world of beauty and goodness, preservation and development of unique musical heritage and traditions of the peoples of the world. The annual increase in the number of participants reflects the growing international status of the festival and it’s prestige.
Every time I visit Samarkand, its unique historical monuments and sacred places of worship, I get a high spiritual mood. A renewal and transformation in this city - the decoration face of the Earth is another embodiment of a high potential, intelligence, talent and creative skills of your people. Implementation of national melodies of their people in this fantastic city, Samarkand, awakens in the heart of every musician’s sense of pride and satisfaction.
We are grateful for the leadership of Uzbekistan, who created opportunities to demonstrate world music and culture of different peoples. This noble work serves to further raise the international prestige and status of Uzbekistan.
On this occasion, we congratulate on the upcoming Independence Day. We wish your country further development, prosperity to the people of Uzbekistan. Let you always be accompanied by happiness, peace and tranquility.