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Tamasha: local music entertainment in Central Asia in the 19th-20th century

  • Alexander Djumaev
Thursday 29 March 2018
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden

Tamasha is a local music entertainment tradition across Central Asia. It enjoyed a wide popularity in the everyday life of ordinary people in the cities of Central Asia. Based on various written sources in Uzbek and Persian, especially pre-revolutionary journals such as al-Islah, al-Izoh, Izhor al-Haqq, we will analyse extreme viewpoints on Tamasha as a useless and harmful music for ordinary people.  The masterclass will also discuss the official discourses on local music entertainment in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods.

Alexander Djumaev

Dr. Alexander Djumaev (b. in 1953 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan) received his PhD in musicology in 1981. He is the former head of the Department of Music History at the Khamza Institute of Art in Tashkent. He is currently a freelance scholar and the chairman of the Study Group on Maqam of the International Council for Traditional Music. Djumaev's main research interests include the music culture of Central Asia, Maqamat, and medieval sources on music. His most recent book discusses the life and artistic legacy of the 15th century poet Nadjm al-Din Kawkabi Bukhari (Tashkent, 2016).

E-mail: adjumaev@yahoo.com


The masterclass is organized by the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University and is open only to MA, MA research and PhD students.

Alexander Djumaev. 2002. "Sacred Music and Chant in Islamic Central Asia", The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 6. The Middle East. New York  and London, pp. 935-947.

Alexander Djumaev. 2008. "Musical traditions and ceremonies of Bukhara", Anthropology of the Middle East, Spring, Vol.3(1), pp.52-66.

Alexander Djumaev. 1993. "Power Structures, Culture Policy, and Traditional Music in Soviet Central Asia", Yearbook for Traditional Music, Vol. 25, Musical Processes in Asia and Oceania, pp. 43-50.

Alexander Djumaev. 2007. "Islam and Culture in the Context of the Central Asian Civilization", Oriente Moderno. Nuova serie, Anno XXVI (LXXXVII). Studies on Central Asia. Edited by Bahodir Pasilov. In collaboration with Roberto Tottoli, № 1, pp. 53-84. Copies provided upon request. 

To register for the masterclass, please contact Dr Elena Paskaleva at: e.g.paskaleva@hum.leidenuniv.nl before 28 March 2018. 

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