December 10, 2019
More than 300 children took part in the Turgai folklore competition. It was organized with the support of the Tatar National Cultural Autonomy of the Penza Region and the Ministry of Culture of Tatarstan. Finalists performed at the Lermontov Library.
Madina Mustafina went down in history as the first winner of the Turgai children’s folklore competition. This year she is performing her song as a guest in order to give an opportunity to reveal their talent to other “larks”. Namely, the name “Turgai” is translated from the Tatar.
“When I listened to others, it seemed to me that I did not sing very well, this was last year. But now I am engaged in vocals professionally, with a teacher, and I am confident in my abilities, ”commented Madina Mustafina, the winner of the Turgai-2018 Regional Folklore Competition.
There were so many people wishing to take part in the competition that they had to conduct a preliminary selection. Otherwise, the final would have lasted more than one day. “Indeed, we are holding this event for the second time with grant support from the Republic of Tatarstan. I really hope that it will become traditional. In my opinion, it’s important for any culture, any nation to preserve national culture, traditions, folklore, ”said Zhigansha Tuktarov, Chairman of the Tatar National Cultural Autonomy of the Penza Region.
Gulnaz Bikmurzina came from the village of Bestyanka in the Kuznetsk region and she sings about her small homeland, about love for her native land. “I imagined my land, beautiful trees, flowers, our friendly village, people who live well with us, communicate, my grandmother sings to me from childhood, my mother sang lullabies of the Tatar, taught, and my grandmother also,” added a participant in the regional folklore competition “ Turgay» Gulnaz Bikmurzina.
Marat Gurkin sang so sincerely and merrily about the village boy that the audience involuntarily began to support him. According to his confession, he began to speak due to the example of his elder sister. Not a single concert in her native Kochaleyka could do without her. The competition was attended by over 300 children. In the finals, the best representatives from each district performed – soloists, dance and theater groups, musicians.
In recent years, interest in Tatar culture in the region has grown markedly, not only in villages, but also in cities. “And it pleases us very much, we understand that there is support for national autonomies throughout the region, in particular, the Tatar region. And this activity of the population, children, the activity of adults, which includes the younger generation, gives us confidence in the future that we will be at peace, in agreement with all other peoples and nationalities of our region, ”added Ildar Akchurin, deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Penza Region. The strict jury had a difficult task – to choose the best of the best. The organizers hope that next year the competition will become interregional.