Adalat Behbudov (Baku)

ADALAT BEHBUDOV (Baku) got his master's degree at Azerbaijan State Conservatoire. He currently teaches the performance art of tar at Baku Humanities College. Together with other artists A. Behbudov initiated and carried out a number of exclusive projects that demonstrated the synthesis of the sound of traditional musical instruments, tar and kamancha, and traditional music of other nations, and even the present-day pop music. The artist is fascinated by Lithuanian folk songs and  performed compositions created on their basis during the festival.

Craftsmanship and performance art of the Tar, a long-necked string musical instrument (Azerbaijan). Inscribed in 2012 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity


The Tar is a long-necked plucked lute, traditionally crafted and performed in communities throughout Azerbaijan. Considered by many to be the country’s leading musical instrument, it features alone or with other instruments in numerous traditional musical styles. Performers hold the instrument horizontally against the chest and pluck the strings with a plectrum, while using trills and a variety of techniques and strokes to add colour. Tar performance has an essential place in weddings and different social gatherings, festive events and public concerts. Players transmit their skills to young people within their community by word of mouth and demonstration, and at educational musical institutions.

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