The opening ceremony of the exhibition “Samarkand – the Cradle of the National Drama Theater” was attended by the UAE delegation during their visit to Uzbekistan.

UZA News

During their trip, the representatives participated in the opening of an exhibition showcasing archaeological discoveries from the Emirate of Sharjah at the Art Residence of the “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage. They also attended the opening of the exhibition at the Art Station gallery, titled “Samarkand – the Cradle of the National Drama Theater”.

The event was attended by Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Bin Khalid Al Qasimi, the Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations of the Emirate of Sharjah, as well as Aziz Abdukhakimov, the Minister of Ecology, Environmental Protection and Climate Change of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Also present were representatives from the UAE and Uzbekistan embassies, the delegation from the UAE, and the Hokimiyat of Samarkand region.

During the event, Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi was given a tour of the exhibition and learned about the work of renowned Uzbek actress Sara Ishanturayeva, who played a crucial role in the development of dramatic art in Uzbekistan during the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition left a lasting impression on the guests.

According to exhibition curator Durdona Kulmatova, “The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the life and work of Sara Ishanturayeva and other prominent figures in Uzbekistan who dedicated their lives to art and education, and to inspire a new generation of actors.”

The exhibition primarily focuses on the period from 1924 to 1937 and includes paintings depicting the behind-the-scenes lives of theater staff, archival documents, and personal belongings of Sara Ishanturayeva and Abror Khidoyatov, such as costumes, props, and decorations. The collection also features later photographs of the actress and a video interview with her granddaughter, Nodira Khidoyatova, sharing stories about her life and career.

During her 70-year career, which began in Samarkand, Sara Ishanturayeva portrayed over 100 characters in theater and film. She received numerous awards for her contributions to the arts and social activism.

The UAE delegation also visited the “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage, where they were able to see the excellent educational facilities provided for students. They also toured the ecological corner on the university’s grounds.

The article was written by Ziyovuddin Nuriddinov, UzA

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