Bargan Day marked in Taimyr calendar
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Bargan Day marked in Taimyr calendar

April 29, 2022

Master-classes on playing the instrument have been held in Dudinka.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. As part of the Peoples of Russia Cultural Heritage Year, the Dudinka Children’s School of Arts named after Boris Molchanov held bargan master classes.

The creative meeting brought together representatives of Dudinka and several villages of Taimyr – Karaul, Volochanka, Ust-Avam, Hantayskoye Lake, the village of Hatanga. For two days, the participants mastered the skill of playing the bargan, studied breathing practices and learned the nature of this instrument.

“Today we are introducing Bargan Day into the series of especially significant holidays in Taimyr. Each nation has a different name for this musical instrument, but it unites us all through emotions and culture. Bargan is a kind of spiritual bridge between nations. The administration of the municipal district considers it important to develop a culture of playing this musical instrument. Therefore, now in Taimyr every year on April 22 we will celebrate Bargan Day”, Valentina Satskaya, head of the culture department of the Taimyr administration, addressed the event participants.

The master classes program was started by Nadezhda Varlamova, teacher of the Yakut Musical College, member of the International Bargan Society, author and performer of songs in the Yakut and Russian languages.

“I’d like to express my deep gratitude to the department of culture and the Taimyr authorities for supporting the aspiration of young talents in mastering such a democratic, small and important instrument as bargan. It really unites the peoples of the whole world with love for music and nature”, she said.

At the end of the first day of master classes, Nadezhda Varlamova presented bargans made by famous Yakut masters (homus in Yakut) to two children from the villages of Ust-Avam and Volochanka.

Taimyr bargan players Nina Landina, Alexey Chunanchar, Anton Laptukov, Semyon Yaptune and Alexander Siguney also held their own master classes.

Earlier, we told how the guests of the Taimyr Oikumene revealed the cultural code of Taimyr. We also reported about the first craft forum in Dudinka.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: Taimyr administration press office

April 29, 2022

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