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UCA Celebrates Sarmerden with a tribute to Chingiz Aitmatov

12 January 2022

A renowned Kyrgyz writer, Chingiz Aitmatov was commemorated at the University of Central Asia (UCA)’s Naryn Campus followed by a Sarmerden on 9 December 2021. Sarmerden is a Kyrgyz national competition of national songs, proverbs and tongue twisters.

Students, faculty, management, and several guests from Naryn and Bishkek gathered to celebrate the author’s birthday. The celebration was organised by Meerim Tursunalieva, Kyrgyz Language Instructor at UCA.

The event also hosted a cultural fashion show by a young fashion designer from Naryn, Jiyde Sydykova, where students dressed and walked down the catwalk in glorifying Kyrgyz outfits. Busurman Odurakaev, a professional actor, who played the role of Ismail in a film based on Aitmatov’s novel Face to Face, and Nurgazy Sydygaliev, who played the role of a child in The White Ship also attended the event.


UCA students sing Kyrgyz songs and recite proverbs during Sarmerden.