Master from Uralsk makes copies of dombyra belonged to Kurmangazy, Makhambet and Abai
Unrepeatable and charming sounds of a dombyra earn love of an audience from the first note. Yedyge Nabiyev had made more than 200 instruments for six years. A master from Uralsk makes exact copies of the dombyra which once belonged to outstanding personalities like Kurmangazy, Makhambet and Abai. The copies of the dombyra made gentle and bright sound. They are now stored in the country’s museums and are used in theatrical productions.
YEDYGE NABIYEV, DOMBYRA MAKING MASTER:
- A non-varnished dombyra has a very pleasant gentle sound. Natural materials are used to make the strings. Previously, animal organs were used. Now they are replaced with a fishing line. These lines are made of fluorocarbon or nylon. In order to make the strings, we choose high quality fishing lines.
MIRBOLAT YERSAYEV, DIRECTOR, WEST KAZAKHSTAN MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY:
- The Kurmangazy cultural center has a dombyra of the kuishi. This dombyra was brought to Yedyge aga and he was asked if he could make a copy of Kurmangazy's dombyra. The master immediately started working on it and within a year he created an exact copy of this valuable musical instrument.
Resident of the Karasu village in the Kostanai region, Aitbai Muzdakhanov has been playing the dombyra for more than 40 years. The man not only masterfully performs a kui, but he also composes them. He dedicated a hundred works to the native land and the country's independence. Aitbai ata has been teaching the skill to speak with the help of dombyra to his children and grandchildren. He is also a retired man who runs a dombyra group for those who wish to play the instrument.
AITBAI MUZDAKHANOV, COMPOSER, DOMBYRA PLAYER:
- A dombyra for Kazakhs is holy. It is our history. There is a saying ‘A true Kazakh is not a Kazakh, a true Kazakh is a dombyra’ can be found in Kadyr Myrzaliyev’s poem.
Aitbai Muzdakhanov believes that the musical instrument of the steppe has its own soul. He also highlights that the established National Day of Dombyra is an occasion to reflect on the historical significance of the instrument in people’s lives.