A Unique Ex­pe­ri­ence of Cul­tural Di­a­logue

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - FRONT PAGE - Igor Saneyev

An im­por­tant event in the world of cul­ture and arts took place in Tashkent on De­cem­ber 10-11: the in­ter­na­tional mul­ti­me­dia fo­rum of the project “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in World Col­lec­tions”. The project con­trib­u­tors con­vened to sum up the achieve­ments in 2018 and de­vise a “roadmap” for 2019.

The in­ter­na­tional fo­rum, or­ga­nized by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Elec­tronic Mass Me­dia of Uzbek­istan (NAEMM), gath­ered 350 par­tic­i­pants from among lo­cal sci­en­tists and those from the USA, Rus­sia, Ger­many, Ja­pan, In­dia, the Czech Repub­lic, Poland and other coun­tries, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and the diplo­matic corps ac­cred­ited in our coun­try, as well as ex­perts.

At the be­gin­ning of the fo­rum, a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion of the project “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in World Col­lec­tions” started to func­tion. It pre­sented 13 vol­umes of the pub­li­ca­tion “Ar­chi­tec­tural Epig­ra­phy of Uzbek­istan”, a 10-vol­ume col­lec­tion of the edi­tion “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in World Col­lec­tions”, fac­sim­ile copies of the manuscripts “Katta Lan­gar Quroni” (“Ko­ran from Katta Lan­gar”), “Devoni Hu­saini” (“Di­van of Hus­sein”),“Za­far­name”, “Mi­raj-name”, “The Code of Te­mur”, “Pok­lik Boghi” (“The Gar­den of Men­tal Pu­rity”).

These ex­hibits are im­por­tant for the cul­tural her­itage of our coun­try. For ex­am­ple, the Ko­ran of Katta Lan­gar is dis­tin­guished by its value and an­tiq­uity. Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion, this man­u­script was cre­ated in the mid-8th cen­tury in kufi-hi­jozi script. The largest part of the Ko­ran from Katta Lan­gar – 81 pages – is stored in the In­sti­tute of Ori­en­tal Manuscripts of the Rus­sian Academy of Sciences, 16 pages – in Tashkent, Bukhara and Kashkadarya re­gions.

Then, the open­ing of an in­ter­na­tional fo­rum took place in the NAEMM me­dia hall. It should be noted that the me­dia hall was beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated – ev­ery­thing said how much work had been done within the project – both the run­ning line and the in­stal­la­tions made on the stage in the form of books, and the books them­selves that any­one could get ac­quainted with.

At the open­ing of the in­ter­na­tional fo­rum, all speak­ers em­pha­sized that the project “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in World Col­lec­tions” is unique and un­par­al­leled, and it is of par­tic­u­lar value that it is car­ried out by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of civil so­ci­ety.

Maria del Pi­lar Ál­varez-Laso, act­ing head of the UNESCO of­fice in our coun­try, praised the work car­ried out in Uzbek­istan to pre­serve and study the rich cul­tural her­itage and pro­mote the con­tri­bu­tion of our na­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of civ­i­liza­tion on the global scale. She re­ported that UNESCO would be happy to sup­port the on­go­ing work in this di­rec­tion.

Chair­man of the Cen­tral Asia and the Cau­ca­sus In­sti­tute (USA) S. Fred­er­ick Starr stressed that the cul­tural her­itage of Uzbek­istan is a kind of ice­berg, there is a vis­i­ble part of it, there is an in­vis­i­ble, and some part, un­for­tu­nately, has died out: “And our friend F. Ab­dukha­likov is look­ing for an in­vis­i­ble part of the ice­berg to show it to the world. It is note­wor­thy that this tremen­dous work is be­ing car­ried out by civil so­ci­ety and is closely con­nected with the new stage of re­forms car­ried out in the repub­lic by Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev. Each book re­leased as part of the project is a source of new ideas, and even af­ter study­ing it su­per­fi­cially, you come across in­tel­lec­tual and vis­ual jew­els.”

There was a pre­sen­ta­tion of 10 new books re­leased in the frame­work of the project. Among them are “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in the Col­lec­tions of Ger­many”, “Book Art of Mav­er­an­nahr of the XV – XVII cen­turies in the col­lec­tion of the Rus­sian Na­tional Library”, “Il­lus­trated manuscripts of Alisher Navoi in the li­braries of Is­tan­bul”, “Uzbek­istan in his­tor­i­cal pho­to­graphs of the XIX – early XX cen­turies in the col­lec­tions of Rus­sian archives” and oth­ers. These were pi­lot edi­tions, but in Jan­uary they will be put into print.

Next year, new vol­umes of the me­dia project “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in the Mu­se­ums of Great Bri­tain”, “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in the Mu­se­ums of Poland”, “The State Her­mitage Mu­seum. Part 3” will be pre­pared for pub­li­ca­tion, as will “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in the Mu­se­ums of In­dia”.

At the in­ter­na­tional fo­rum, the is­sues of pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itage of Sa­markand were dis­cussed with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of min­istries and de­part­ments of our coun­try, in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, sci­en­tists, and ex­perts. They adopted the con­cept of a strat­egy for the cul­tural her­itage of this city.

The first day of the me­dia fo­rum ended with a bright and color­ful note – the X festival of so­cial me­dia prod­ucts.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony of this event, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of Uzbek­istan Aziz Ab­duhaki­mov said:

“The festival of so­cially sig­nif­i­cant me­dia prod­ucts is held in the an­niver­sary, the 10th time, and it is sym­bolic that it is ded­i­cated to the de­vel­op­ment of the tourism po­ten­tial of Uzbek­istan. This promis­ing di­rec­tion in re­cent years in our coun­try has re­ceived in­creased at­ten­tion. The pres­ence of more than 7 thou­sand tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage sites from dif­fer­ent eras and civ­i­liza­tions, in­clud­ing the his­tor­i­cal cen­ters of Bukhara, Khiva, Sa­markand and Shahris­abz, in­cluded in the UNESCO World Her­itage List of UNESCO, tes­ti­fies to the tourist po­ten­tial of our coun­try. World fa­mous his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments, mod­ern cities, the unique na­ture of Uzbek­istan, unique na­tional cui­sine, as well as the un­sur­passed hos­pi­tal­ity of our peo­ple at­tract trav­el­ers from all over the world.

An­other great news for the par­tic­i­pants of the next festival is that the prize fund, pro­vided for the win­ning place, will be 500,000,000 soums.

Ac­cord­ing to the Chair­man of the Board of NAEMM Fir­davs Ab­dukha­likov, the festival will be held twice a year, and the par­tic­i­pant who will take the first place will re­ceive a prize worth more than a Spark car.

Dur­ing the festival were pre­sented videos that have passed a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion, 110 ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted. All present guests be­came wit­nesses of the com­pe­ti­tion in three nom­i­na­tions, in each of which three sto­ries were shown. Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the win­ners took place on­line and was car­ried out by a vote of the or­ga­niz­ers and guests of the fo­rum.

And here came one of the most ex­cit­ing mo­ments of the evening – the fi­nal vote of the jury and the dis­tri­bu­tion of seats from the 1st to the 3rd. Each rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the fi­nal three win­ners were awarded valu­able prizes.

The 1st place was won by the win­ner in the nom­i­na­tion “Tourist Uzbek­istan” Saida Davle­tova and her work Come to See Surkhandarya. The au­thor of this par­tic­u­lar roller got the Spark car.

2nd place was taken by Eh­son Os­monov and his work Wel­come to Fer­gana. As a prize was awarded a plasma TV.

The third place was taken by the win­ner in the nom­i­na­tion “Gas­tro­nomic Uzbek­istan” Ab­durozik Hal­imov, and his work “Ko­rakalpok Taom­lari” was awarded by the or­ga­niz­ers with a lap­top.

In ad­di­tion to iden­ti­fy­ing the win­ners of the festival, nu­mer­ous col­leagues and part­ners who made a great con­tri­bu­tion to the cov­er­age of the cul­tural her­itage and tourist po­ten­tial of Uzbek­istan were awarded.

The spe­cial award “Friends of the Project” was awarded to the cor­re­spon­dent of the TV chan­nel “Rus­sia 24” Robert Frant­sev for a se­ries of re­ports on the sub­ject of cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal her­itage and the de­vel­op­ment of the po­ten­tial of Uzbek­istan; Tatyana Basova, screen­writer for the Rus­sia Cul­ture TV chan­nel, for the documentary Uzbek­istan: New Life Re­vealed, cover­ing top­ics of cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal her­itage and de­vel­op­ing the po­ten­tial of Uzbek­istan; Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Peter the Great Mu­seum of An­thro­pol­ogy in St. Peters­burg, Efim Rez­van and oth­ers.

Dur­ing the festival, the best for­eign par­tic­i­pant of the event was awarded. They be­came the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the TV chan­nel Nip­pon Tele­vi­sion (Ja­pan) Imoto Ayako, the transfer of Itte-Q. Their prize was a VIP tour for two peo­ple to un­known places in Uzbek­istan.

This evening do­mes­tic mass me­dia were also noted, among them Daryo.uz, Kun.uz, Nuz.uz, Po­drobno.uz, Kul­tura.uz, Re­post. uz, ra­dio sta­tions Poy­takht and Av­tora­dio.

Af­ter the awards cer­e­mony was com­pleted, a mu­si­cal pro­gram awaited the guests.

On De­cem­ber 11, the fo­rum con­tin­ued un­der the theme “Mul­ti­me­dia trends in the pro­mo­tion of cul­tural her­itage. The ex­pe­ri­ence of Uzbek­istan.

Speak­ers noted the lack of prac­ti­cal ac­tion of the em­bassies of our coun­try in in­di­vid­ual coun­tries to sup­port projects for the preser­va­tion and study of the cul­tural her­itage of Uzbek­istan.

S. Fred­er­ick Starr, guest of the fo­rum, founder of the In­sti­tute of Cen­tral Asia and the Cau­ca­sus at the Amer­i­can Coun­cil on For­eign Pol­icy, drew at­ten­tion to the small num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the diplo­matic corps of for­eign coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

“The project “The Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in the World Col­lec­tions” is a new ex­pe­ri­ence in the world prac­tice of pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing cul­tural her­itage, as well as a great event for civil so­ci­ety,” said F. Starr. “How­ever, I no­ticed that very few am­bas­sadors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions par­tic­i­pate in the fo­rum where such projects and plans for the fu­ture are dis­cussed. Mean­while, they should be ac­tively in­volved in pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing the cul­tural her­itage of the coun­tries they rep­re­sent.”

In the pre­sen­ta­tion part of the fo­rum, the par­tic­i­pants got ac­quainted with the project “100 well-known writ­ten mon­u­ments of Uzbek­istan”, watched an in­ter­est­ing video film on this topic.

A sci­en­tist from Rus­sia, well­known Is­lam scholar Efim Rez­van shared valu­able in­for­ma­tion about an­cient copies of the Ko­ran, pre­sent­ing the project “114 Ko­rans of Uzbek­istan”:

“The idea of this project be­longs to Fir­davs Ab­dukha­likov. I re­mem­ber very well the Peters­burg evening, when we sat in my of­fice, and I showed him var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions of the Ko­ran. A pro­posal was made to cre­ate such a book. As you know, there are only 114 manuscripts in the Ko­ran, and the idea to cre­ate 114 suras, where each of them will be pre­sented sep­a­rately, has aroused great in­ter­est.”

In his re­port Rez­van told about sev­eral manuscripts that are closely re­lated to our coun­try. The sto­ries of these sa­cred ver­sions and nu­mer­ous Ko­rans, rewrit­ten by Uzbek­istan, stored in mu­se­ums and li­braries in Ger­many, In­dia, Iran and Rus­sia, will be pub­lished as part of the “114 Ko­rans of Uzbek­istan” project.

Chair­man of the Amir Te­mur In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion, Doc­tor of His­tor­i­cal Sciences Nozim Khabibul­layev told about the prepa­ra­tion of a documentary film and book al­bum “Mas­ter­pieces of Te­murids in the Col­lec­tions of Uzbek­istan”:

“A lot of work is planned for 2019, in­clud­ing pub­lish­ing. Cre­ation of a documentary film about the era of the Great Te­mur and the book-al­bum ded­i­cated to the era of the Te­murids. Sep­a­rately, I would like to note that the fac­ulty of the Kat­ta­lan­gar Ko­ran, the Code of Te­mur, Za­far­name and its in­di­vid­ual minia­tures and much more were do­nated to the State Mu­seum of Te­murids from the team of the NAEMM. This is an un­prece­dented event for us. A con­tin­u­ous stream of peo­ple wish­ing to see amaz­ing his­tor­i­cal spec­i­mens with their own eyes does not fall. I am sure that the in­ter­est of Uzbek peo­ple and for­eign visitors to such sig­nif­i­cant pub­li­ca­tions will only grow.”

At the fo­rum, all par­tic­i­pants, with­out ex­cep­tion, noted that the project im­ple­mented by Uzbek­istan would be a unique ex­pe­ri­ence and a means of cul­tural di­a­logue in pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing cul­tural her­itage.

At the end of the event, a “road map” of projects for the preser­va­tion, study and pro­mo­tion of the cul­tural her­itage of Uzbek­istan for 2019 was ap­proved.

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