THE PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENTS OF WOMEN MINSTRELS IN CENTRAL ANATOLIA
ORTA ANADOLU’DA KADIN ÂŞIKLARIN İCRA ORTAMLARI

Author : Serenat İSTANBULLU
Number of pages : 153-161

Abstract

Minstrels are a culture conveyors who spread and keep the lifestayles, traditions, cultural and artistical structure of Turkish people alive by reflecting them in their products and help them to be handed down to new generations. Women minstrels, the ignored representatives of this transposition for years, are folk artists who have been in this minstrel tradition but haven’t been able to come to the point they deserve place for various reasons, especially with gender inequality. Women minstrels who have found their place in this tradition to an extent from the 17th century onwards until 1970's which can be determined hadn’t been included in the written work, invited to importent cultural events and found a place solely on occasions where there are only women. The interest in women minstrels has been increasing in the recent years thanks to the influence of mass media and communication means. Musical occasions to which women minstrels are attending and their status on these accasions in terms of artistical, musicial, literal and social role are being studied in diffrent disciplines as subjects which worth to be studied. The environments that they get included in the musicological definition contains many contribution in the field. In this study, the occasions on which women minstrels living in Central Anatolia find an oppurtunity to perform, the assessment of these occasions in terms of keeping the minstrel tradition alive and the problems they face in the places where they perform have been evaluated. The data have been put forward throught interviews with woman minstrels, who have been fulfilling many aspects of this tradition, and men minstrels from Central Anatolia and these data have been supported through magazines, TV programmes, interviews and scientific studies as regard women minstrels.

Keywords

Woman Minstrel, Performance Environment, Minstrel Tradition, Central Anatolia, Musicology

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