UCA’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit Hosts Seminar on Study of Pamiri Music of Central Asia
The University of Central Asia's Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) hosted a seminar on the Study of Pamiri Music of Central Asia for national and international scholars, researchers, music educators, musicians and singers in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 17 August 2017.
CHHU Study of Pamiri Music of Central Asia delegates
The one-day seminar was a platform to present and discuss new research findings and methods, exchange ideas on comparative and collaborative research and encourage young scholars and music students to contribute to Central Asian music studies and cultural preservation through innovative ideas and research methods. It also aimed to develop a vision for the study of the musical heritage of contemporary Tajik Badakhshan and its relationship with neighboring countries, and to bring national and international scholars, researchers, music educators, musicians, and singers to present and discuss their new research findings and methods.
The seminar was dedicated to the memory of ethnomusicologists, Nizom Nurjanov and Faizullo Karomatov who spent their lives studying, collecting and documenting the Pamiri music of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) in the Soviet time and conducted remarkable fieldwork and collected the materials during three ethnographic expeditions to the Pamirs from 1959 to 1983. Nurjanov produced the seminal texts, Musical Arts of the Pamirs Volumes I-V, first in 2011 and then in 2016, which were published by UCA. In 2002, the University also published Nurjanov’s Traditional Theatre of Tajiks.
Bringing together experts and practitioners from Tajikistan and beyond, the seminar proved an excellent opportunity for networking and sharing experiences in the field of music, culture, philosophy, ethnography and anthropology.