AKHP Public Lecture, Khorog: Value of Traditional Arts and Crafts
September 28th, 10:00 am
Designer and Artist, Head of “De Pamiri” Public Organisation
The lecture will discuss the story behind the establishment of the "De Pamiri" organisation in the stormy historical period. The organisation seeks to revive traditional art and give a new impetus for its development, while adapting it for the present-day social realities and preserving its true purpose and fundamental nature. Traditional crafts are a reminiscence of an ancient culture, a legacy from the past, which tells about people’s attitude to nature and describes their vision and view of life, values and priorities. Crafts are related to everyday life of people and their needs, way of life, attitude to the outside world, climate and other environmental factors.
The current generation – just like it always was in the past and will always be in the future – is a link in a long chain of history and culture. Therefore, it is our responsibility to preserve the information, which was accumulated by several previous generations, to properly analyse this information, and to pass it to the future generation.
In 1991-1994, Mr. Berdov worked as a designer and artist for the Department of Culture of Khorog in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. In 2004, he established the “De Pamiri” Public Organisation with support from the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme of the Aga Khan Foundation. In 2006-2007, he completed an ATC: Accounting course offered by the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). Since 2008, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association. Since 2012, he has been a Co-Founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the “Union of Craftsmen of Tajikistan” (UCT). Mr. Berdov was also the Deputy Chair of the Youth Committee of the National Consulate from 2012 to 2018. From May to December 2017, he was Art-Design Consultant for UCA's Khorog Campus, and for the Ismaili Center in Khorog in 2017-2018. Mr. Berdov is a winner of “Excellent Worker of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan” award.
Candidate of Philosophy
Head of the Department of Philosophy and Political Studies
The lecture will be delivered in Russian.
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