Tamara Khanum is a reformer of Uzbek women’s dance style, a researcher of song and dance folklore, the creator of the genre of song and dance miniatures. She was the first woman in Central Asia to step on the stage and dance without burqa. Her repertoire included more than 500 songs in 86 languages, choreographic compositions, and national dances of many nations of the world.
Tamara Khanum and Muhiddin Kari-Yakubov performed in Paris in 1925. After the performance, Isadora Duncan approached them and asked for permission to touch the cervical vertebrae and the hands of the dancers, since according to her impression it is impossible to perform such plastic movements with a healthy skeleton. So it was incredible for the west.
The museum of Tamara Khanum preserved the interiors of the living rooms in which she lived the last years of her life, her stage costumes, song recordings, a magnificent collection of photographs and manuscripts, including unpublished memories and poems of the artist. A valuable exhibit of the museum is a suit, previously owned by the emir of Bukhara.
In 2008, a large-scale reconstruction of the museum was carried out. During the reconstruction, 75 stage costumes were restored, and a collection of historical photographic materials was updated. It was recorded several audio tours, telling about the life and work of Tamara Khanum.
Address: Tashkent, st. Tamara Khanum, 1-41
Telephone: (998 71) 2684289
Work schedule: from 10:00 to 17:00 (without lunch break)
Weekends – Saturday, Sunday