Oral and musical art and musical instruments take a leading role in culture of Kyrgyzstan. One of the biggest, after Odyssey, is the epic Manas, that it was written in 16-17th centuries. The epic was in oral speech and was transmitted from generation to generation until 20th century by people living in the territory of modern Kyrgyzstan. In 20th century it was recorded by Soviet researchers. The epic embraces 500, 000 lines of text. The ones who tell it are called "manaschi", who produce it without stopping and interruption. The process of retelling the epic is accompanied by the national instrument of Kyrgyz people - komuz. In the course a tour in there will be demostrations and shows of manaschi and akyns for you to listen to this peace of art.
Famous narrators are "akyns", who greatly influence the culture of Kyrgyz people. Akyns are able to make an improvisation work of any song performance. National musical instrument of Kyrgyz people are is komuz, temir-komuz, kyl-kyak, core, sorny, choor and zhetigen. The consonance with nature and mountain life makes music very interesting and rather popular. Most of songs are about the everyday life of nomads.
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