Tehran (IP) - The cultural ceremony of the traditional song and music of the Republic of Tajikistan (six Maqams and Flak) was held in cooperation with the Eco-Cultural Institute under the auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in Tehran on February 22, with the presence of some political and cultural figures of Iran and Tajikistan.

Iran PressIran news: On Feb, 22, 2024, at ECO Cultural Institute, Tehran, to commemorate and honour Tajik musician, Davlatmand Kholov, and its music, ECI and the Tajik Embassy in Tehran Organize a ceremony titled "Night of Traditional Tajik Music."

The performance of six Maqams and Flak, which is a kind of Tajik song and poem, embellished this cultural ritual.

It should be said that Flak is one of the important types of Tajik music, which has its roots in ancient music and is popular in the southern regions of Tajikistan.

Falak, meaning ‘heaven’, ‘fortune’ and ‘universe’, is the traditional folklore music of the people of Tajikistan. The expressive and philosophical musical genre may be performed by a male or female soloist, either acappella or with a single instrumental accompaniment or an ensemble and dancers. Characterized by their high range, Flak songs most often relate to love, pain, suffering, the homeland, and separation and the hope of a reunion between a parent and a child or between two lovers. The instruments used for Flak performances include traditional Tajikistani percussion and string instruments, such as violins and flutes. Flak performers, known as falakkhons, are the traditional singers and instrumentalists who perform falak during festivities, ceremonies and ritual events.


The event was attended by diplomats, and political and cultural figures from various countries in particular Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan as the host.

Davlatmand Kholov was a Tajik musician and singer from Kulob. He was an expert in the southern folk genre of Tajik music called Falak (lit. "the firmament").

A multi-instrumentalist, trained in Shashmaqam at the Conservatory of Music in Dushanbe, he was well-known for his works on the two-string dutar, ghijak, and setar which are popular instruments in Central Asia.

Also, during the event, well-known artists from Tajikistan performed traditional Tajik songs including the song "Shashmaqam and Flak" which is registered in the World Intangible Heritage List of UNESCO. It should be mentioned that the national costumes, handicrafts and works of Tajik painters were also exhibited.

Praising Davlatmand Kholov's artistic character, the Tajikistan ambassador to Tehran stressed how a big man he was and a professional who trained many. Nezamodin Zahedi reiterated that Davlatmand Kholov cooperated with many Iranian aptly named musicians. He as the top diplomat emphasized the cultural and historical commonalities between neighboring countries and urged them to develop them more. 219

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