44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Hungarian ethnomusicologist Sárosi Bálint passed away on July 15th, 2022. He was 98 years old. Born in 1925 in the Transylvanian village of Csíkrákos (Racu, today in Romania), he studied music and composition in Hungary first at Pázmány University, then as a student of Kodály Zoltán at the Liszt Academy of Music. From 1968 to 1988 he held a number of positions including department head at the Hungarian Institute of Musicology. He did traditional music research abroad in Ethiopia, Armenia and Kuwait. For 18 years he had a weekly folk music program on Hungarian Radio. His work has been recognized with many, many national and academic awards. Above and beyond all the above he was very much respected and loved for his clear mind, insights, wit and willingness to share his knowledge. Printed here are tributes and memories by Bolya Mátyás, Sebő Ferenc, Novák Ferenc and Dévai János.