The VI annual regional festival “Days of Tatar national culture in Vladimir” was held from January 29 to 31. The event was timed to the 15th anniversary of the Tatar cultural center “Byahet”.
Participants and guests of the festival admitted it very symbolic that “Byahet” is translated from Tatar as “happiness.” Indeed, to maintain their traditions, culture, language, art, friendship and understanding with other peoples inhabiting the Vladimir region – isn’t it not happiness!
And now, for 15 years Tatar Cultural Centre “Byahet” (Tatar written “Byahet”) helps the Vladimir Tatars protect their identity. At the heart of the center is youth organization of the same name.
Head of “Byahet” Makatdes Murtazin said:
– The festival “Days of Tatar national culture in Vladimir” is held within the framework of cultural and educational programs, “Friendship of peoples through cultural friendship.” And this program is designed for five years, enjoys the support of the grant from the regional administration.
Throughout the year, “Byahet” conducts an intense cultural and educational work in different areas. These are learning the Tatar language by kids on the basis of one of the kindergartens and evening tea parties in Tatar. These are dances, songs and theatrical performances of Tatar life by “Miras” creative studio ( “Heritage”). This is a close relationship with Tatarstan, Tatar Diaspora that supports the regions. And even sports directions develop: anyone can master Tatar-Bashkir national belt wrestling “kuresh” in Vladimir. And much more!
Sharing food traditions
“Days of Tatar culture” began by master classes in Tatar cuisine. It is held not for the first time on the basis of and in cooperation with the Technical School of Economics and Law.
Nuria Husnullina with grandchildren
And here we were able to hold the principle of cultural exchange: the Tatars themselves could remember their traditions and to acquaint Russian and other neighbors of different nationalities with them. College girl student Julia Sukhova prepared message on Tatar traditions of cooking. When performed, Tatar students helped her to correctly pronounce the names of their national dishes.
And so began the practice of cooking: parallel to the student of the Institute, a professional chef of a restaurant Olga Kuznetsova cooked Kazan pilaf. And side by side with her mistress of a large Tatar family Nuria Husnulina cooked sweet cookies “kosh tele ” (literally translated as “bird’s tongue”).
All wishing the subtleties of national recipes have learned them. And, at the end, tasted the cooked at the general large table.
So thanks to “Byahet” and its program a group of college students of the college under the guidance of a teacher Nina Milovidova expanded their professional outlook on cuisines of the world.
Hymn of the Tatar language and culture
Exhibition and sale of national food
When not being a Tatar, you know, that Tatar culture – one of the great cultures of the world – isn’t it a beautiful result of the Tatar cultural center ?! It is this feeling of involvement that captured me during the climax of the action of the Days of Tatar culture in Vladimir.
A big concert program with participation of the famous State Song and Dance Ensemble of the Republic of Tatarstan took place on Sunday, January 31st.
The concert alternated by socializing guests in the lobby. Hundreds of people gathered, Tatar language organically sounded mixed up with Russian. Of course, it is primarily a holiday for Vladimir Tatars, but also for representatives of other nationalities here was quite interesting.
The exhibition showcased samples of the best dishes of Tatar cuisine. In addition to the familiar “kosh tele “, there were chak-chak, Gubadiya pies with the inscription “Byahet – 15” You could buy arts and crafts, souvenirs, books of Tatarstan.
In the Concert Hall named after S. I. Taneev the main events of the festival were held. The Cultural Center “Byahet” on the anniversary of this day was congratulated by vice-speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Vladimir region Vyacheslav Kartukhin, deputy director of the department of culture Sergei Zotov, deputy head of the Vladimir city administration Oksana Erashova and others. Deputy of the Legislative Assembly Svetlana Mangusheva welcomed the participants in Russian and Tatar.
– Traditions of their language and culture usually are retained by older people, – said chairman of the Board of the regional public organization “The autonomy of Vladimir region Tatars ” Rafail Khabibullin. – But in recent years we have seen great interest in our roots and in our youth.
The bridge of friendship between Vladimir and Kazan symbolized Russian songs and dances performed by the State vocal and choreographic ensemble “Rus”. Tatars ovation in appreciation of Russian artists were stormy.
But a special drive the audience experienced during the main event of the festival – performances by the State Ensemble of Song and Dance of Tatarstan. The collective known as the legendary, contains the best creative forces of the republic. Dozens of the best artists, hundreds of gorgeous costumes, live singing, a wonderful orchestra. Whatever the soloist – the a laureate of the high artistic rank. This ensemble – “visiting card” of the republic. The way it is!
The famous team presented an incredible energy program called “Golden Fund”. A great power and lyricism, sadness and humor, singing and dancing, instrumental music altertanted. Only the highest level of performance was unchanged.
A festival has ended by anthem in native language, which the audience sang along with the soloists of the famous ensemble from Tatarstan. But not only the song, but all the action has been generally accepted as the national anthem to Tatar language and culture.
A feeling of true happiness reigned. In Tatar happiness means “Byahet”. This word during the “Days of Tatar culture in Vladimir” I will remember and never forget
Alexander Izvestkov, photos by the author