Khorezm Lazgi: The Sunniest Dance on Earth

Lazgi is a must-see of Khorezm. Lazgi is the dance with a feel-good factor, making you feel a joie de vivre or zest for life. There is an opinion that the meaning of the ancient word ‘lazgi’ is ‘tremble,’ which describes a very energetic movement of the body along with the vibrant musical rhythms and expressive facial mimics.

On 12th December 2019, during the 14th session of The UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Bogota (Colombia) the Khorezm dance Lazgi was inscribed onto the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (ICHH).

The history of Lazgi is wrapped in a shroud of legends and myths, which makes it truly magical and mysterious. If you want to know more about the Khorezm Lazgi, check out my article published on Voices on Central Asia platform. The platform is a collaboration between the Central Asia Program (CAP) and the Central Asian Analytical Network (CAAN), both part of The George Washington University‘s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES).

If you want to see how the Khorezmians dance today, check my you tube channel.

Dilorom Mamedova, Khorezmian dancer, oil, 2019, 100 X 70

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