Music and Musicology, Theatre and Dance in Central Asia

Music was important in Central Asia in the antique and medieval periods, and is often referenced in sources, but there is no extant musical notation from this time.  It was a feature of Buddhism, and we know that Buddhist orchestras existed, and remained integral to Central Asian society after the spread of Islam.  Music played a part in many aspects of daily life; from the academic study of music to the visits of performing artists and its role in local cultural events, such as festivals, story-telling, dances, and theatre.   

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  • Authors:
    B. Lawergren, E. Neubauer and M. H. Kadyrov
    1st to 15th century AD
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    History of Civilizations of Central Asia, Volume IV

    Afghanistan, China, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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