Bukhara was once the capital of one of the world's oldest and most isolated Jewish communities.
The body was wrapped in a worn-out carpet instead of a prayer shawl. Not a single relative entered the cemetery through its gate under an azure cupola topped with the Star of David.
But the 75-year-old woman who died in early April, two days before Passover, was buried and mourned in accordance with Jewish rites in Bukhara, an ancient city in central Uzbekistan that lies some 2,800km northeast of Jerusalem.
Bukhara was once a focal point on the Great Silk Road, a powerhouse of Islamic learning. read more...
Munojot Yo‘lchiyeva is the leading performer of classical Uzbek music and its Persian-language cousin Shashmaqom. She is famous for the unique quality of her voice and her natural charisma.
Yo‘lchiyeva was born in 1960 in the Ferghana valley near Tashkent, and from an early age it was obvious she had a great gift as a singer. This nearly resulted in her being channelled into a career as an opera singer, but she was inexorably drawn towards the slow, aching music of her own ancient culture, something that seemed almost pre-ordained by her name, which means read more...
Painting in miniature traces its roots to its use in poetry books where artists depicted scenes described in the books.
Davlat Buronovich Toshev comes from a long line of miniature painters. After learning the skill from his father, he became the seventh generation of miniature painters. His father taught him the art of calligraphy as well as painting in miniature.
The tradition of miniatures in Central Asia dates back to the reign of Tamerlane (1370-1405). By the early 1700s, Bukhara was noted as the center of miniature painting. read more...