THE SUNNY REPUBLIC'S FELLOW COUNTRYMEN NOW HAVE A PLACE NEAR ARBAT STREET FOR REGULAR GATHERINGS
A center of Turkmen culture was opened in the center of Moscow near the Old Arbat Street, the Turkmen State News Service, Turkmendowletkhabarlary (TDH), reports.
According to the board chairman of the Moscow's Association of Turkmen Culture, poet Orazglych Orazmammedov, the center is "intended as a peculiar business card of our country, representing the rich cultural and spiritual heritage, art and present life of its people", which "will promulgate, first of all, Turkmen culture, strengthening of friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of Russia and Turkmenistan."
Orazglych Orazmammedov also said that together with his colleagues and sympathizers he "plans arranging exhibitions of works of Turkmen painters, masters of photograph and applied arts, art gatherings and other events there - all that would help not only unite our fellow compatriots living outside Turkmenistan on the basis of love and national culture but also get Russians acquainted with the cultural heritage, customs and traditions of Turkmens."
"We have already organized Turkmen language courses for citizens of the Russian capital and children of the Embassy staff, Orazglych Orazmammedov says. Considering Muscovites' taking huge interest in philosophical works of our president Saparmurat Niyazov, we have established a "Rukhnama" room for every one that wish to get to know better the works and poetry by the head of Turkmenistan."
Representatives of Turkmen Diaspora, Russian writers, people of art, journalists and diplomats attended the opening ceremony of the Center of Turkmen Culture.
Many of those who spoke at the ceremony called it very symbolic that the opening had coincided with the third anniversary of Rukhnama by Saparmurat Niyazov and publication of its second volume.
The famous expert in literature, doctor of philological sciences, deputy chairman of the executive committee of the International Community of Writers Associations, Showkat Niyazi said in particular that "the greatest contribution of the president of Turkmenistan is that he influences minds of every citizen of the country through his books. At the same time the Turkmen leader managed to line up quite trustworthy intonations in his dialog with the people that had reasserted itself as a state-forming nation with the glorious past and beautiful future. What also impresses is the attention that Turkmenistan pays to people of art. Turkmenistan regularly establishes tidy presidential awards for masters of art and amateur performers and builds unique museums, theaters and concert halls. All this work will surely have positive effect on raising the younger generation in the spirit of allegiance to the Motherland and its people."
Speaking at the ceremony, Russian poet Sergey Korotkov pointed out that Rukhnama revealed the true history of the Turkmen people for Russians and all those who had read it literally fell in love with this unique place, this good-natured but at the same time courageous people, learned many new things about grandeur changes in the life of modern Turkmenistan.
Ravil Safina, the Moscow's teacher, spoke quite emotionally, telling the audience how almost all citizens of her little home place, a tiny village in Tatarstan, literally read to holes a copy of the first volume of Rukhama that she brought with her. "If my compatriots take such sincere and genuine interest in the foreign country president's work it means a lot, she said. The sincere and open dialog of the leader with his people, which, in my opinion, is exactly what makes Rukhanama so successful, deserves respect. I am looking forward with excitement to bringing the second volume of this remarkable work by Saparmurat Niyazov to my compatriots."
Chingiz Khusseinov, a professor with the Moscow state university and popular Russian writer, who recently brought in his interpretation of the Quoran to public judgment, noted in his speech that Saparmurat Niyazov set a worthy example to the leaders of other states by putting pen to paper. "On the whole, each of us has something to learn from Turkmens as regards turning back to our roots, spiritual revival and respect to national sanctities," the writer said.
Attending the ceremony the internationally recognized football coach, Valery Nepomnyastchiy, said in an interview to the TDH: "Like many other of my fellow countrymen, I am pleased that we have such a Center in the Russian capital where one can feel home, touch the culture and art of the Turkmen people. And the photographs that are on display here give us a picture of today's Turkmenistan and its beautiful capital that grows day-by-day. My wife and I visited Ashgabat quite lately after 10 years of being away, and we simply did not recognize our home city for it had changed dramatically and became a capital that one can be proud of. Indeed, such large-scale changes became possible thanks to the fact that president Saparmurat Niyazov personally controls the development of Ashgabat and of the whole country. We are also pleased that along with these issues the same attention is paid to the construction of sport facilities. For example, we have learned that a swimming center and an ice palace will soon complement two stadiums and other sport facilities built over the period of independence. "
The talk about Saparmurat Niyazov's works, about Turkmenistan and its original culture continued till late at night, including at the table with Turkmenistan's fruits and vegetables and national cuisine that organizers of the ceremony served according to a good Turkmen tradition, the TDH reports.
(Based on reports of the State news service of Turkmenistan).