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Greeted With SmilesBukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York$
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Evan Rapport

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199379033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199379033.001.0001

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Performing Bukharian Jewish History

Performing Bukharian Jewish History

Ilyos Mallayev’s Play Levicha Hofiz

(p.21) 1 Performing Bukharian Jewish History
Greeted With Smiles

Evan Rapport

Oxford University Press

Ilyos Mallayev's play Levicha Hofiz (“Levicha the Singer”), staged by the Bukharian Jewish community in 1999, illuminates the ways in which Bukharians in New York interpret their history as a precedent and model for immigrant life. The community galvanized around the story of Levi Bobokhonov, the last court singer in Bukhara, demonstrating the importance of the role of professional musician and this transitional time period from the end of the Bukharan emirate to the beginning of Russian rule. The play offers insight into the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods.

Keywords:   Central Asia, Bukhara, court music, professional musicianship, theater, historical drama

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