Astana State Academic Philharmonic gave a concert to pay tribute to Khabidolla Tastanov’s legacy. He left a mark in history of the Kazakh culture. The famous musician and composer brought up many generations of dombra players and composed vivid pieces of music.



 - Khabidolla Tastanov was like a father to me. He has taught me for nine years. He is a founder of a dombra school. He was not just a dombra player, he was a great composer. We are his students and we learnt a lot from him.


The concert featured the most famous compositions by Khabidolla Tastanov, including the patriotic kuy about Tselina ‘Tynga attanu’, lyrical work ‘Kanat-tanu, philosophical ‘Tolgau and Melodic "Overture". Musicians performed work composed in honor of Tastanov.



 - His works are very interesting, feels like they are written especially for our orchestra. We have known his music since childhood, for instance, the composition ‘Altai Ayasynda’ written for kobyz and accompanied by piano. There are many more romances and other works that we love and listen with pleasure.


The concert was conducted by the honored worker of Kazakhstan Aitkali Zhaiymov.



 - Kazakhstan remembers the victims of political repressions. This Day is commemorated in accordance with the decree of the Head of State since 1997. The Day has a special meaning for Kazakhstan. In the 1930s, massive political repression was carried out, and millions of people were deported to Kazakhstan. In that difficult period, dozens of ethnic groups found a second home in the republic and, having passed through numerous hardships, became a single nation.



 - On May 31, we celebrate the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions. More than 103,000 people were arrested in Kazakhstan in those years. 25,000 people were killed. More than a million people served their sentence in eleven concentration camps built throughout Kazakhstan. Political figures, their wives and children were repressed. Our people must remember these tragic events. The future generation must know about these facts in order to avoid such horrors. We have built a new constitutional state. The rights and freedoms of Kazakhstan citizens are protected. We have no political persecution. We chose the evolutionary path of development.


Memorials and museum complexes have been opened at the former concentration camps territories. Akmola Camp of Wives of the Homeland Traitors (ALZHIR) was reopened as a museum complex ten years ago. Its staff has been searching for prisoners’ relatives for all these years. There are nearly 20,000 documents in the museum’s fund. One of the new expositions is devoted to Roza Tsypkina. She was deported from Minsk. The prisoner frequently sent letters to her son from the camp in 1938. Margarita Sifchik from California, who visited the museum and recognized the mother of her friend in one of the photos, helped to find her relative Ben who lives in the U.S. now. He has kept kept all her letters.



 - The letters were written in 1937-1938. She wrote that she was sick, that she was struggling; she was asking what her son was doing. We keep in touch now. He sent these letters through Margarita Grinevich. She gave them to me personally. He asked to write a letter from ALZHIR, not an e-mail, he asked to send a letter via the post, send it from ALZHIR 80 years after his mom sent the letters to him, from ALZHIR  museum-memorial complex that is organizing the exposition to commemorate his mom.


Rosa Tsypkina was sentenced to eight years. She died during the war. She was buried in a mass grave like hundreds of other prisoners. Almost 20,000 women from across former Soviet republics served terms in ALZHIR. The 26th point, the village of Akmol, was the last refuge for many of them.

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