the Museum of Applied Arts in Tashkent, Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, unknown
photographer, source: eurasia.travel. Possibly the best-looking museum in
Tashkent, the Museum of Applied Arts is situated in the former home of Imperial
Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev. This museum is as popular for its setting
as for its many beautiful exhibits. Polovtsev was an avid collector of
handicrafts and his personal possessions still form the heart of the museum’s
superb collection of decorative arts. Tsarist diplomat expressed his
appreciation of Uzbek architecture by having his residence built by masters
from Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, Ferghana and Tashkent. He was transferred
before completion in 1907, so never saw the finished courtyard of verandas and
reception halls, vibrant with colour, ganch and wooden carving. The first
public exhibition was held here in 1927, and it was classified as a national
collection a decade later, source: eurasia.travel.
Remembering the Kyrgyz Woman Who Adopted 150 Children During the Siege of Leningrad
“A legend”: this is how Kyrgyz and Russian media are referring to Toktogon Altybasarova, 91, who sheltered 150 children evacuated from Leningrad over the course of a two-and-a-half-year blockade during World War Two that cost up to a million lives.
In 1942, as Nazi Germany bombarded Russia’s second city, now called St. Petersburg, 16-year-old Altybasarova, who died last week on June 11, spared the evacuees from hunger and hosted them in a dormitory for local factory staff in her remote home village of Kurmenty, northeastern Kyrgyzstan.
She had just been elected head of her village council at the time.
Altybasarova determined the children’s age and gave them first names. Supervising a team of carers, she saw the children through to adulthood as they left to work and study in different parts of the Soviet Union.
According to Kyrgyzstan’s state broadcaster, Altybasarova kept and treasured letters from her adopted children until her death.
Saira Keltaeva was born on 16 May 1961 in Kumyshkan, Tashkent region, Uzbek SSR. In 1979 Saira Keltaeva graduated from the National Music Art School, boarding arts class on easel painting, she was taught under the guidance of Art teacher A.P.Perova - national artist of Uzbekistan. The same year she entered Theatre and Art Institute in Tashkent. Saira Keltaeva is a member of the Creative Union of Artists at the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan. Saira’s works are exhibited in museums and Art Galleries, as well as in private collections in Korea, China, Turkey, Germany, Holland, Italy, France and the United States.
As the largest mountain ranges in Central Asia, Tian-shan (‘sky-mountain’ in Chinese), has one of the best collections of natural landscapes in the world and is seen by many as a paradise for outdoor adventures. Thanks to the richness of sediments compounded with the power of erosion by rivers flowing down the mountains, the north face of Tian-shan is carved into stunning plateaus and colorful canyons hundreds of meters deep, resulting in this surrealist painting in nature. Source