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Culture of Uzbekistan

Culture of Uzbekistan is one of the brightest and original cultures of the East. It is the unique national music, dances and painting, the unique national kitchen and clothes.

 

The Uzbek national music is characterized by a variety of subjects and genres. The songs and instrumental plays according to their functions and forms of usage can be divided into two groups: performed in the certain time and the certain circumstances and performed at any time. The songs connected with customs and traditions, labour processes, various ceremonies, dramatized entertainment representations and games belong to the first group.

The Uzbek dance is distinguished by its softness, smoothness and expressiveness of movements, easy sliding step, original movements on a place and on a circle.

The development of national painting began many centuries ago. At 16-17 centuries, art of the manuscript and blinding in Bukhara and some other urban centres has achieved significant success. The decoration of manuscript included refined calligraphy, performance of water paints and thin ornaments on fields. In Samarkand and especially in Bukhara the Central Asian School of a miniature has achieved a great success and were developed many different style directions. One of them, for example is connected with traditions of Behzod characterized with its gentle style of writing the letter and architectural elements.

Yet many traditions of Uzbek life have weathered the storm. Women walk resplendent in the bold stripes of their tie-dyed ikat gowns, topped with brightly patterned scarves. Older men retain the quilted khalat coats, embroidered skullcaps and leather boots. Drinking tea for hours, they swap stories at the local chaikhana teahouses, enjoying shashlik kebabs and melons from the bazaar. Perhaps the most welcome tradition for the traveller is the Uzbek’s renowned hospitality, as warm as ever, for “the guest is the first person in the home”.