Originally written on November 21, 2010 10:51 AM
This series of blogs will be dedicated to the investigation of the artist. All comments are welcome. The Solar Surface Café Salon, invites others to visit this site, read, enjoy, and contribute. The topics to be discussed are listed below numbers 1 though 6.
In Sally Pomme Clayton’s article The Land of Golden Stories, Utne Reader, March – April 2004, Urkash Mambetaliev, a storyteller from Bishkek, Kyrgzstan, a famous Manasci, a bard who specializes in telling the Kyrgyz epic Manas, describes a life given to stories. “I didn’t choose, I was chosen by storytelling.” …a responsibility of being a Manaschi, “You need a clean, open heart. You must never refuse to tell Manas or teach someone. It is your duty to pass it on.” Manaschis are believed to be blessed, and audiences try to imbue themselves with their power–they will drink the drops of tea left in a Manaschi’s cup, and Urkash often finds his shirt buttons missing after a performance…His work represents a challenge to storytellers everywhere to become voices for something worthwhile, making our ancestors’ tales meaningful for today. The act of storytelling can bring courage, hope, peace, and wisdom. It can help us imagine how things might have been, and, most importantly, how they could be.
Thank you Urkash. In a few words you have laid out the words that artists live and die by.
- The artist does not choose; the artist is chosen
- It is a responsibility
- A clean, open heart is essential
- It is the artist’s duty to pass on the art
- The artist’s work should bring courage, hope, peace, and wisdom
- It brings the past to the present, and the present to the future
As long as there exists the spirit to live, the artist shall exist.