Turkmenistan awarded five honorary titles of People's Artist, three honorary titles of people's painter, one honorary title of people's writer and one honorary title of national Bakhshi. As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, a corresponding decree was signed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in honor of the 19th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence.
Thus, the honorary title "People's Artist of Turkmenistan" was awarded to master of folk musical instruments Orazmyrat Annanepesov; veteran announcer Bairam Geldymyradov, opera singer Kochmyrat Halmyradov, translator Orazdurdy Khojayev and head of department of culture of Gurbansoltan Eje district of Dashoguz province Satmamet Redzhepbaev.
The title of People's Artist of Turkmenistan were also awarded to teacher of the State Academy of Fine Arts Amanmyrat Atayev; sculptors Yedy Madatov and Klychmyrat Yarmammedov. The title "People's Bakhshi" was awarded to music teacher Amanberdi Kovshutov, and the title "People's Writer" was conferred on poet Sona Yazova.