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President to assist in publishing ancient manuscript of Manas epic

The President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov received the President of the Turkic Academy Darkhan Kadyrali and a representative of the Turkic Academy, Professor Kadyrali Konkobaev. The press service of the head of state reported.

Sooronbai Jeenbekov appreciated the work of the Turkic Academy on the study and dissemination of the spiritual heritage, creative and artistic values ​​of the Turkic-speaking peoples in general. The president is particularly pleased with the work on researching the spiritual heritage of the Kyrgyz people, spreading it among the Turkic-speaking peoples.

«Your work on the publication of fundamental works and the best literary works, such as the epic of Manas, the works of the great writer Chyngiz Aitmatov, has a special impact on the rapprochement of the Turkic-speaking peoples, spiritual integration. The Turkic Academy has published over 20 works including the literature, folklore and traditions of the Kyrgyz people, over the past two years,» the head of state said.

Darkhan Kadyrali told that conferences were held in Paris at the UNESCO headquarters, in the cities of Astana, Bishkek and Tashkent, books timed to the 90th anniversary of Chyngiz Aitmatov were published, events on the epic of Manas, Kyrgyz literature and history were held.

Darkhan Kadyrali and Kadyrali Konkobaev acquainted the head of state with a manuscript, written in the Arabic alphabet and containing various versions of Manas epic.

This manuscript of 1,286 pages belonged to the author Meder Mergenbaev, who lived in Chui region in 1896-1983. At least 16 pages in the manuscript contain an excerpt from the epic of Manas in the version of Manaschi Tynybek, 34 pages — in the version of Sayakbay Karalaev, and 108 pages — in the version of Togolok Moldo.

«The remaining pages of the manuscript contain a version of the epic Manas by Sagynbay Orozbakov. This manuscript was compared with the book of Manas epic by Sagynbay Orozbakov and is being prepared for publication with scientific commentaries,» Kadyrali Konkobaev said.

Darkhan Kadyrali and Kadyrali Konkobaev presented Sooronbai Jeenbekov with the restored musical instrument kyl-kiyak, found in Altai at an altitude of 3,000 meters.

The head of state expressed his gratitude, noting that he would render all-round assistance in publishing the manuscript. Kyl-kiyak will be handed over to the Historical Museum.