Incredible Xinjiang | To be a fairy in real life, one teenage girl find her way by playing ancient musical instruments Konghou

April 17 14:59 2021

A Chinese poem written in Han dynasty(about 2000 years ago)describes the qualities that a teenage lady should possess: weaving in thirteen, sewing in fourteen, playing Konghou in fifteen, reading in sixteen. 

Local music teacher nurtured by Konghou nurturing program are playing Konghou. (Xinhuanet, Li Mengting)

Konghou, an ancient plucked stringed instrument, looking like harp, was said to be introduced and adapted in the hinterland of China via Xinjiang through ancient Silk Road. Up to now in China, we can also see many ancient poems and murals depicting the unique instrument.

Aydina Yasin is playing Konghou. (Xinhuanet, Li Mengting)

Aydina Yasin a teenage girl, living Qiemo County of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is learning how to play Konghou.

Aydina’s hometown Qiemo County, is known as the hometown of the instrument as it is where one of the oldest Konghou relics in China was discovered.

Aydina Yasin’ teacher Liang Pu is teaching her toning. (Xinhuanet, Li Mengting)

In the summer of 2016, for the first time Aydina heard the sound of Konghou in a concert hold in Qiemo. Actually, in 2015, the county had invited a Beijing-based renowned Konghou performer to promote the instrument in the county. Later, the local government also developed a program, to nurture Konghou teachers and students to promote the instrument.

Local music teacher nurtured by Konghou nurturing program are playing Konghou. (Xinhuanet, Li Mengting)

In that summer concert, Aydina saw the famous Konghou performer LuLu, as well as her students benefited from the nurturing program, a group of teenage girls looked like fairies playing the enchanting music.

Aydina’s mother, a music teacher read her daughter’s admiration of the Konghou performers and decided to support her daughter if there is any opportunity.

In 2017, Aydina had her chance, the Konghou nurturing program was going to recruit students again. Aydina joined the program. With her mother’s support, Aydina had her own Konghou instrument, two months after she had learned to play Konghou, priced at about 40,000 yuan.

Aydina Yasin is playing Konghou. (Xinhuanet, Li Mengting)

Aydina also doesn’t disappointed her mother. Every day she will spend two hours to practice.

Local music teacher nurtured by Konghou nurturing program are taking online course. (Xinhuanet, Li Mengting)

“Interest is the best teacher. She loves this music, so there is no bothering about practice,” said her mother.

“Playing Konghou is the best way for me to relax,” said Aydina.

In 2018, Aydina and her Konghou teammates played a popular TV series theme song in a hit variety show in east China’s Zhejiang Province. Playing popular music by this traditional Chinese instrument, the refreshing music got lots of praise from audience and netizen.

Aydina Yasin is teaching her mother. (Xinhuanet, Li Mengting)

In 2019, Aydina’s mother Aygul Tursun also joined the Konghou nurturing program. As a music teacher, Augul hoped to influence more children by Konghou. “We are in the hometown of Konghou, I hope that I can do something to promote the instrument and make some contribution in music education in our hometown.”

“I hope one day I can get into Central Conservatory of Music and major in Konghou. I want to become a famous performer like my teacher Lulu, not only playing but also teaching and promoting Konghou.” Aydina said.

Aydina Yasin and her mother are playing Konghou together. (Xinhuanet, Li Mengting)

At the same time, the expectation of reaching 20 teachers and 100 students by 2022 in the nurturing program has been fulfilled ahead. Like Aydina and her mother, more and more kids and teachers have found the charm of Konghou.

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