Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (FOLK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS)

Created: 2014-09-19 16:39
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Many musical instruments traditionally used in Kalmykia are also common among other nomadic peoples in Central Asia. Having many variations, the shape of these musical instruments has been influenced by the history, lifestyles, geography, and religion of the relevant nomadic tribes. Materials used in the making of musical instruments are both of animal and plant origin, including skin, wood, as well as various stones, shells, and metals.
Kalmyk musical instruments can be divided into religious and folk instruments. The former were used during religious festivals and dances, whereas the latter at various occasions, including weddings, concerts, competitions or simply for private entertainment.
Due to dramatic changes such as those in political and social institutions following the Socialist Revolution in 1917, the exile of the whole Kalmyk population to Siberia from 1943 to 1957, and modernity, which all have had an eroding effect on traditional Kalmyk institutions at large, many traditional musical instruments as well as accompanying melodies have disappeared from the Kalmyk national repertoire.
On this page you can watch and listen to various musical instruments and listen to stories, legends, and myths about them.
 

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Arslan Shavgurov, A Dombra Concert

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The concert shown in this video is performed by the Kalmyk National Symphonic Orchestra. The soloist is Arslan Shavgurov, an Honored Artist of Kalmykia. The composer and director...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (FOLK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 22 Jan 2016


Arslan Shavgurov, Dombra Melodies

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Arslan plays several melodies on a dombra, including Dargin, Chechen, Adygei, and Kalmyk melodies.
Arslan relays that according to a legend, the Russian balalaika originates from...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (FOLK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 24 Sep 2015


Konstantin Lagaev, Dombra

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According to Konstantin, dombra is not only a musical instrument, but its structure contains information on the history of the Kalmyks. For example, a hole in the middle...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (FOLK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 30 Apr 2015


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