Vilayat Akilova: “Dance is happiness … it is life.”

by Laurence Jarvik on 8/14/2004 · 1 comment

From Carolyn Kreuger’s Gulistan Dance Theatre webpage.

“Vilayat Akilova hails from one of the great families of the Bukharan professional dance tradition–a tradition which defines one of the three major styles of Uzbek dance. The eldest of five children, she was born in Samarkand in 1936 to two young and ambitious performers. Her father, the late and highly-revered dance master, Isakhar Akilov, People’s Artist of Uzbekistan, followed in the footsteps of his mother, a favorite dancer of the Emir of Bukhara. Vilayat’s mother, Margarita, also a People’s Artist, remains a riveting performer–in her occasional appearances–at the age of 80. In addition, Vilayat’s sisters, Gauhar and Lola, are celebrated dancers, as was her late sister, Zuleikha. The Akilov school of Uzbek dance, which grows directly out of the pre-Soviet, professional Central Asian tradition, now claims its fourth generation as Lola and her husband, also a dancer, pass the legacy on to their two young daughters.”

Read more about : Vilayat Akilova here.

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Asror September 19, 2004 at 11:45 pm

How did you find such awesome links? Thanks anyway. I found it useful for my cultural presentation here at my university.

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