You may notice when you step up into the Dolan Uyghur Restaurant at Cleveland Park in Washington DC and all over the Uyghur culture, restaurants, houses walls worldwide present the same painting art. it is like an ethnic protocol for Uyghurs: Painted artwork Muqam by Ghazi Ahmet.
Uyghur Muqam, by Ghazi Ahmet, was painted in the 1984 and is one of the famous Uyghur paintings representing Uyghur cultural life. Illustrates a Uyghur community practice that was well in abeyance by the time it was painted.
Uyghur Muqam has been incorporated into the Uyghur scholastic curriculum - it appears in textbooks and on posters. This painting, in addition to featuring a subject well known to Uyghurs, shows many Uyghur objects. There are a variety of instruments, the Rewap and the dutar; also the subjects wear regional clothing. Every man wears a Doppa, a Uyghur hat. The men have similar shirts and the old men have beards. Nearly every Uyghur college students can recognize this painting.
The painter, Ghazi Ahmet, was born in March 1935 in Kashgar, and is only a decade older than the group of painters that produce the art of the current generation. He is vice chairman of the Regional Literature and Arts Union and a standing committee member of the Uyghur History and Culture Research Academy.
Muqam is the general term for a variety of musical arrangements widespread among the communities in Uyghurs. As described by Rachel Harris, Uyghur Muqam is a composite of songs, dances, folk and classical music characterized by diversity of content, dance styles, musical morphology and instruments used. The muqam has been performed throughout the province regularly for centuries, although during the Twentieth century the frequency of performances greatly diminished. Because the Uyghurs has always been marked by a high degree of cultural exchange between East and West, and because of their country location at the hub of the Silk Road, the Muqam incorporates themes from many of the peoples of Central Asia.
Ghazi Ahmet Artworks: