Kholof, the renowned contemporary vocalist of Tajikistan, invites her
for a visit to Tajikistan, Shahzoda Nazarova, a Tajik journalist from
Samarkand (in Uzbekistan) who has not been able to visit Tajikistan
after the collapse of the former Soviet Union Republic, sets out on a
trip to Tajikistan and visits different musicians and scholars and
interviews them about Tajik music and dance. As she moves on, she
joins Davlatmand Kholof in a journey to Koulab and Daghestan,
Davlatmand’s native village, which is located near the Afghan border.
Throughout this journey, we travel from the city to the village, from
complexity to simplicity and from offspring to origin, which
illustrates the fusion of tradition and modernism in the life of the
Tajik people. Shahzoda speaks to Davlatmand, his family and other
pre-eminent scholars and musician in an attempt to revisit the roots
of this culture and recall her own identity as well.
Through a description
and depiction of Davlatmand Kholof, this film aims to present the
culture and folklore music of the people of Southern Tajikistan. In
Central Asia, music and dance has played a vital role in the social
life of the people to preserve their rich heritage and literature.
Davlatmand Kholof is a symbolic figure representing an integral part
of a culture and a unique form of music, Falak, to convey the poetic
and Sufi principles embedded in their daily life. Poems of the great
Persian poets, Hafiz, Rumi and Mir Sayyed Ali Hamedani, who is buried
in Koulab, are constituent elements of this music, which spans all
walks of the social life of Tajiks, from their national feasts to
their private and family celebrations. This film takes the viewers
through a journey to Southern Tajikistan where this music and culture
has been nurtured for centuries. In the meantime, we come to discover
a different version of Islam, which is tolerant of dance and music and
unlike their neighbouring country during the rule of the Taliban, has
interwoven these traditions and arts into their religious
understanding contributing to a spiritual interpretation of Islam.
Tajikistan is among
the poorest countries of the world, yet it contains some of the
richest exotic traditions in music and dance. Due to its mountainous
location and its geographical isolation in the world, little attention
has been paid to this nation and the potentials it can offer to the
global community. This film may serve as a humble step to bring into
light the long ignored people of the mountains in Central Asia, who
have much to present to the world of their folk life and culture.