English Table of Contents 2016/2
Interview with Novák Ferenc Tata – born: 1931 in the Transylvanian town of Nagyenyed/Aiud (today in Romania) – upon celebrating his 85th birthday. Tata talks about his family, the significance of his childhood growing up in Transylvania speaking and learning multiple languages, the path of his life and career and what he’s doing now. For 36 years Novák was artistic director of the Honvéd Ensemble (now called the Magyar Nemzeti Táncegyüttes – Hungarian National Dance Ensemble). He is also well-known for his work with the Bihari Ensemble and Schoolfor the Arts, as director and choreographer of large-scale theatrical and dance events – and as an active, outspoken, wide-thinking creative force. Just one of the thoughts expressed in this interview, in answer to whether or not those overseeing public funding today want a say in the creator’s work: “ ...present Hungarian politics have set an ideology which is a bit too wound up with national identity...” By Grozdits Károly.
New Publication: Novák Ferenc Tata – Tánc, élet, varázslat – gondolatok, küzdelmek [Dance, Life, Magic – thoughts and struggles]. “Novák is someone who seems to be living 100 lives at the same time, writing down his entire life’s work is nearly impossible: dancer, choreographer, director, ethnographer, a key figure and initiator of the dance house movement and ‘the Hungarian school’ of folk dance.” A collection of Novák’s publications, essays, interviews, reviews. Includes biographical/autobiographical information. Published 2016, Hagyományok Háza, Budapest. Edited by: Hegedűs Sándor. In Hungarian. Announcement by Kultúrpart.
Remembering the folk music research work of Járdányi Pál (1920-1966) on the 50th anniversary of his death. Born Paulovics Pál, he Hungarianized his name to Járdányi at the age of 18. Járdányi was an Erkel and Kossuth award winning composer, also a music teacher and folk music researcher. There is a music school in Budapest named after him. He is known for his folk music collection work in the Transylvanian village of Kide. His book from 1961, ’Magyar népdaltípusok’ (Hungarian Folk Song Types) is still in use. By Fehér Anikó.
Folk singer Enyedi Ágnes with musician and dancer friends presented a program of traditional songs, music and dance from Transylvania’s Gyergyó Region. The program was inspired by an ethnographical monograph on Ágnes’ great grandmother. Kelemen László (himself from the region) was artistic director and advisor for the concertprogram. Also performed: musicians – Enyedi Tamás, Salamon Soma, András Orsolya, Mihó Attila; dancers – Zsuráfszki Zoltán Jr, Szabó Judit. Report on the March 16th concert at the Bethlen Tér Theatre in Budapest’s 7th district by Hont Angéla and Káplár Gréta.
A brief description of Rajasthani dances and musician and dancers castes. After a short introduction to northwestern India’s Rajasthani culture and music, eight kinds of dances are summarized. Information provided is based on numerous journeys to the region and personal experiences amongst musicians and dancers from Rajasthan. By Ábrahám Judit.
“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture...” Review of Buda Folk Band’s newest recording Saját gyűjtés (From Our Own Collection Work) a 2015 Fonó release. „...So completely natural...they’re a new generation, full of energy and talent. They know exactly where their place is now, and where it will be in the future...” By Fehér Anikó.
Listing of the 2016 summer camps and workshops for traditional music, dance and crafts.
The American novelist, Thomas Clayton Wolfe (1900 –1938) visited Hungary for two days in 1928 during which he spent half a day in the village of Mezőkövesd and wrote down impressions of his visit which was translated into Hungarian and published first in the Hungarian publication Irodalmi Újság. London in the December 15, 1958 edition.
The Bukovina Székely Hungarians were relocated from Bukovina (which then belonged to Romania) to the Bácska/Bačka region (today mostly in northern Serbia’s Voivodina region) in 1941. Printed here are excerpts and data from a volume chronicling the reasons for, process of relocation and their arrival. Hungarians from four villages in Bukovina ‘arrived home’ to the Bácska region after living in Bukovina from the late 1700s. Edited by Kóka Rózália.
The outlaws of Transcarpathia – excerpts from a book written in 1934 by Czech writer, journalist Ivan Olbracht. The book was translated by Zádor András and
published in Hungarian in Bratislava in 1987. The author travelled regularly to Transcarpathia between 1931 and 1938; at the time the region belonged to Czechoslovakia. This selection gives historical information about outlaws in the region, their lore, legend, with facts and particulars on the story of an outlaw named Oleksza Dovbus [here with Hungarian phonetics] who was active between 1738 and 1745.
Szabadi Mihály (born 1937 Siógárd, Hungary) – dances and leads an ensemble, choreographs, is a local organizer and is dedicated to collection and preservation of local traditions – but he’s also a writer. He has written 6 volumes which include ethnographic material, stories about local personalities and chronicle and document local custom and life. His seventh volume, Lakodalom [Wedding], is forthcoming. Review by Antal László.
Traditional foods of Yakutia – Part 2 – The Sakha (Yakutia) Republic is a federal subject of Russia. In 2010 it had a population of 958,528 consisting mainly of ethnic Yakuts and Russians. In this part of the world they like their meats: horse, beef, reindeer, squirrel and blood sausage. But they also have a traditional basic porridge dish called ‘szalamat’ which is said to have been a favorite of Genghis Khan. Today it is cooked from a grain similar to farina wheat with sour cream and three traditional recipes are provided. Juhász Katalin interviews ethnographer Mészáros Csaba on his research in Yakutia.