Music student seals dream with Ottoman instrument

Published 29.09.2017 21:42
Updated 29.09.2017 21:44
Emine Bostancı.
Emine Bostancı.

A stringed instrument that once belonged to a woman in the harem of Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz has been bought by a 22-year-old Turkish music student.

Emine Bostancı, who studies at Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, bought the three-stringed kemancha from a Canada-based collector.

It was made for Sultan Abdülaziz, who reigned from 1861 to 1876, by an Armenian craftsman before being bought by Fahire Fersan, a student of renowned Ottoman composer Tanburi Cemil.

When she heard that a 150-year-old kemancha, 50 centimeters (20 inches) in length, was up for sale, she started saving.

"I never mentioned it to anyone until I got all the money," Bostancı, who has studied the kemancha since she was 16, told Anadolu Agency. "It was a big responsibility for me. Miss Fahire had played it before me. When I play it in the evenings, I really enjoy it as if Miss Fahire was listening to me from a corner."

The kemancha is an ancient stringed musical instrument played with a bow. Its tender and melodic sound is a key component of classical Turkish music.

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