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Performance Art




The art of Dombra Kuy involves the performance of brief solo pieces on the dombra, a traditional two-stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body and long neck. This musical tradition aims to deepen individuals' connection to their heritage and customs by presenting classical and spontaneous compositions that resonate with listeners on a profound emotional and spiritual level. Through public performances, Dombra Kuy facilitates social interaction and the sharing of Kazakh cultural knowledge and abilities. Accompanied by storytelling and legends, this music is typically featured at social gatherings, holidays, and festive occasions, complemented by an array of culinary delights and musical entertainment. It plays a crucial role in fostering a sense of community and cultural pride, promoting unity and empathy among people. Young musicians interested in traditional music and performance are mentored by experienced masters, while amateurs seek guidance from seasoned performers in their region to enhance their expertise and repertoire.


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Music and Performance


As the Kazakh nation formed, they created beautiful music and dance traditions that became a vital part of their culture. From celebrating births to honoring the departed, singing was always present. People loved listening to aytys performances by akyns and enjoyed folk music with its catchy tunes.


Dance has been a big part of Kazakh life for a long time, showing their love for art and community. The stage was alive with songs and dances that told stories of their culture. Festivals marking the end and start of the year were filled with dancing competitions that thrilled audiences. Kazakh dances like Koyan-Burkit, where men and women danced together, were loved by all and were a unique tradition in the region.


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