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“Nava”

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Nava

Turgun Alimatov's slurred, highly embellished style on the sato is strongly reminiscent of Indian music, which he first heard in Indian films and over the radio during the Nehru-Khrushchev era, when relations between Indian and the USSR were close. Alimatov views his appropriation of Indian melodic style as a continuation of cultural contact between Central Asia and the subcontinent. He has created many free arrangements of traditional pieces, for example, this (somewhat abridged) version of Nava, one of the six main melodic modes in Uzbek classical music (shash maqam). (During, Levin 2001)

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