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Post by Admin on 23.07.16 14:32

f) Things we would have liked to visit but missed because we were short on days: walking the Anhor Canal (and visiting the TV Tower); using the Metro; visiting the Kulkulek Madrasah; the Museum of History; Museum of Fine Arts; woodblock printers; and, the Exhibition Union Hall of Artists.

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Post by Admin on 24.07.16 12:34

a) Musician Yunus Radjabi’s house museum: Free. Well worth a visit because we also met his son Hassan Radjabi who is a great dotara player and gave us an impromptu dotara performance). Radjabi was the first Uzbek I believe to scientifically notate the Uzbeki music and composed the Shashmakam, a massive 6 piece musical composition for the Uzbeki orchestra in the early 1900s. Our Advantour driver Hamid did his best to translate Hassan’s wife’s commentaries as she took us around the house but it would have been nicer to have a guide who understood music. We really liked this museum and even bought some CDs and a DVD in English on the shashmakam for USD 1 each.

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Post by Admin on 24.07.16 12:35

Alisher Navoi Opera Theatre: Recently refurbished and stunning! We heard the opera singer Mussery Razzakova who was fabulous. You can check the calendar of events online because the theatre has a website. Even if you can't read Cyrillic, you can figure out if there are events on the days you want at the theatre. Ask your tour operator to book you seats (very cheap, I think USD 5-8 per ticket) and specify up front and centre - ours were towards the back but we could still see very clearly. Go formally dressed so you don’t feel out of place and be sure to get there at least half an hour in advance to explore the wall paintings and ornate, gilded plaster carvings. There are snacks, pastries and alcohol served on the second level. If you don’t get good seats (most of the seating is fine except if you are short), the Uzbeks are very ok about letting people with not so great seats shift up towards any free seats in the front. This place is a must-see and the only way to get in is to go for a show.

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