Samarkand. Registan Square, with its magnificent architectural ensemble of the XV-XVII centuries from madrassas and minarets, now, like hundreds of years ago, is the center of life of this ancient Uzbek city, the venue for all the most important events.
But in less than three days, everything will change here. Carved marble of the eastern facade of Ulugbek madrasah will illuminate with flashes of light and music installations, the mosaic of the Sherdor madrasah will reflect the voices of singers repeatedly amplified by the speakers, and the magnificent portal of the Tilla-Kari madrasah will witness musical compositions and three-dimensional laser shows.
From August 26 to 30 Samarkand will host the next, for the twelfth consecutive times, International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of the East”). It is on these warm August days that every two years musicians, vocalists and dancers from many countries of the world come here to demonstrate their art to the audience and make new friends.
During the festival, in addition to the main performances of the participants, there will also be exhibitions of artisans, displays of national Uzbek dresses, expositions of folk musical instruments, an art market and thematic conferences.
If representatives of 31 countries took part in the first Sharq Taronalari festival in 1997, now 293 performers from 78 countries, including Turkmenistan, have expressed their desire to perform in the competition program.
Particular attention will be focused on the performances of the representatives of Fiji, Myanmar and Argentina, who are participating in the festival for the first time.
For five days, a strict international jury “Melody of the East” will impartially and objectively evaluate each performance on Registan Square, but so far all this is in the not too distant future, while now in the very heart of the third largest city in Uzbekistan – Samarkand – the last rehearsals of a colorful solemn ceremony the opening of the XII Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival, which will be attended by several hundred artists from all over the country.
Over the years of the festival, representatives of various countries became its winners and prize-winners. The Turkmenistanis did not stand aside. So, in 1997, representatives from our country received a special prize from the jury, and in 2011, the Galkynysh Turkmen-Austrian Symphony Orchestra ranked third in terms of performance at this unique music forum.
The festival’s highest award, the Grand Prix, was submitted to a participant from Turkmenistan only once, and this happened at its VII “release”. Then the performer of folk songs, Honored Artist of Turkmenistan Lale Begnazarova, according to the jury, was recognized as the absolute winner.
Who will bring the present, 2019 year, resounding success and international recognition on the main stage of the Sharq Taronalari festival, built in the very center of ancient Samarkand – on Registan Square? We will find out soon.