Korkyt ata’s legacy to be included in UNESCO cultural heritage
The world’s cultural heritage will be replenished with the legacy of the great Korkyt ata. The works of the Turkic philosopher, poet, composer and kobyz player will be included in the list of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage.
Rich in spiritual values, the legacy of Korkyt ata is valuable in modern life too. The works of the Turkic world’s legend encompass the history of the entire era. Korkyt ata’s works take a special place in the Kazakh folklore.
SERIK ZHAKSYGULOV, MUSICIAN:
There are 12 kuis of Korkyt ata. They are the popular ‘Akku’, ‘Ushardynuly’, ‘Bashpai’ and other. Obviously, Korkyt ata was the one who created kobyz.
There are many legends about the Turkic composer Korkyt ata. His works are studied by a large team of scientists at Kyzylorda research center. Their main goal is to preserve the original form of the narrator’s works for the future generations.
GABIT TUYAKBAYEV, CANDIDATE OF PHILOLOGY:
Although the works of Korkyt ata were inherited by all Turkic-speaking peoples, his kuyis can be found only in the Kazakh folklore. It proves that he is one of our great ancestors. Therefore, our main task is to demonstrate the world Kazakh people’s rich cultural heritage through his creations.
16,000 tourists visited Korkyt ata memorial complex located in the poet’s birthplace last year. It indicates that the entire world is interested in his legacy. The memorial was included in the EXPO 2017 tourist route.
AZAMAT DOSZHANOV, ACTING HEAD OF REGIONAL DEPARTMENT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND TOURISM:
Tourists from Russia and the CIS countries are planning to visit the mausoleum. The citizens of England, France, Germany and China also show genuine interest. Seven Kazakhstani tour operators have already prepared special tourist routes in the direction of "Baikonur" and Korkyt ata mausoleum.
Specialists believe that the legendary image of Korkyt ata will open new opportunities for the development of tourism in the region, and in Kazakhstan, in general.