Friday, July 30, 2010

reader comments

"I thank you very much for adding the photo to your website. I also want to thank you for making those lovely books available for us Tatars does not matter where we are to down load and benefit from it. Carry on the excellent work and would like to see more of these books available for download which are part of our culture, history and heritage."


"the peremech lounge - A treasure trove for Tatars and anyone who is interested in Tatar/Turkic culture"

"Ilhan efende,

Sezge kup rexmet. Tarixi ber dokumentni internetka quygansiz. Asilda giybet ochen mondiy dokumentlarni gel taratirga kirek. Ber waqitlar zur ometler bar ide. Xezer ise xetta resmi reweshte qazanilgan xoquqlar da her kon sayin yugalip bara. Yorek erni...


Thank You Ilhan.. Everything you post, they're very interesting... keep it up.. ! Searching and learning it's never to late at any age.. Bik ZUR REHMET.. :-)

This Tatar Music blog is built around my uploaded Tatar Folk Music
"татарская народная песня"


"iLhan - Champion of the Tatars!"


"keep up good job"


"very nice"

Howdy very nice website!! Man .. Beautiful

I am very pleased to post me on the Peremech Lounge !
There is so many links and infos about Tatars...
Fantastic webside ! Thank you.


I am really thankful to you and I appreciate your work!
Rehmet bik zur!
You do a great job and I realize how hard it is and how much it takes your time.


Thank you to you that being in America already quite a bit years you remember and love the roots.


I am amazed and astounded by the wealth of information. How do you do it ...?

The "how" comes from passion obviously and... You have achieved something I could have only dreamed about. So much to read so little time.

Congratulations and thank you.


Thank you, Ilhan Sadri, for such a great website/blog


Бик т шп! Бик зур рхмт!


шәп нәрсә таптым!


Thank you for a great collection of Tatar links! They are great! Very useful!


Sizni kishiliginiz bilen, milli his bilen kutliyim!


Ilhan efende, have always wanted to tell you what a fantastic and informative website you created! Rehmet sezga!


Beautiful stuff Ilhan... Thank you...

Neat. I love you ILhan

Makes me happy!


Selam !
It is so cool to find a blog about Tatars !


Videolar öçen bik zur räxmät, İlhan!


I watch in youtube about you a film its was amazing


Hey baba Check out this ... show anne too, really cool


... By the way i love your tatar blog ...thx for broadcasting goodies for us tatar ppl!!


Tatar Program about us from TNV - THB


I like your blog. Thank you for your job.


Чын рәхмәтләр бу китаплар өчен, Илхан абый!

it is an extraordinary thing..outstanding, very inspiring.

bik matur!

Zur raxmat Ilhan, alifbane uki bashladim inde, ushkitkech matur kitab


rahmet sina, bik kup hizmet kuyasin her vakit,

bik enteresan article'larni tabasin. Tagin bik zur rahmet


Superb posts! Thank you :)


I'm pretty pleased to uncover this page. I want to to thank
you for your time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every bit
of it and i also have you bookmarked to look at new information on
your blog


Bik Zur Rehemet sina Ilhan... Tagin'da, haberler birerge tiris... 


Good Job! and Keep It Up!


I really love all your posts, please don't hesitate to share anything 


...Чаллыда яшауче миллаташлардан  зур салам. Синен кебек егетлар булгач, Татрнын килачаге ышанычлы. Горуранып, сокланып карадык. Нинди ктаплар кирак булса җибара алам. 


"you are our Tatar ambassador"


"beautiful ... warm and gracious" 


"your friendliness and love of music transcends all cultures" 


You are an inspiration for world peace! I vote for Ilhan! 


Thank you for turning my frown upside down .


Bravo ILhan !!!


You're the BEST!   

Илхан абзый, Шэп!


Your father Fazil would be proud how you've turned out!  


Rahmet Ilhan. Bik matur.


Rahmet Ilhan, bik matur video! selamlar.


Ильхан,вы очень интересный человек,столько искреннего желания узнать о жизни татар   


I am so grateful for this website. I'm on a quest to learn more about my roots 


bik matur 


I truly love your blog 


Wow! You show a great interest to the Tatar culture. 




Superb post 


Thankyou so much for the beautiful old tatar music posts... 


Great job guys! 


What's the name of the song starting at 1:25:56? It's beautiful. 


It's very nice to be able hear somewhen the forgotten old Tatar muzic again in the Your channel. 


spectacular. thanks! 


this is cool 


Бик матур булган! 


Илхан афанде, Чаллыда яшауче миллатташлардан зур салам. Синен кебек егетлар булгач, татарнын килачаге ышанычлы. Горурланып, сокланып карадык. Нинди китаплар кирак булса жибара алам.  


çok güzel maşallah 


Videolar öçen bik zur räxmät, İlhan! 

Tatars Sabantuy in Montreal - From Super-8

This may be from 1969 or 1970. Montreal is a lovely city. There are Tatars there.

Technically this may not be a Sabantuy but it sure looks like what we do at Sabantuy and those are Tatars in this video.

Add a lovely Tatar tune - Zifa sings "Su Buylap"

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Las Vegas welcomes Tatars

Elvira was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by "Rehim Itegez" next to Planet Hollywood.

Rahmet, Elvira

Tatars of Romania

A long standing presence in the Romanian collective memory, bearing a negative connotation owing to the fame of conquerors of their ancestors, Tatars are a homogeneous ethnic group living peacefully in the Dobrogea area for hundreds of years. Here they are mainly concerned with the preservation of their traditions and culture.

Short historical background

The Tatar group from the north-Pontic steppe started to become known in the 13

th century. The victory of the Russian knezs in 1223 opened their way to Europe and stretched their rule up to the springs of the Danube.

The first documented mention concerning Tatar settlements in Dobrogea refers to a land allotment during the rule of Genghis Khan (13th century). During the 14th century, tribes of Tatars and Turks came together from Anatolia (Asia Minor); with this occasion they converted to Sunni Islam.

Then under the rule of Timur Lenk Khan, 100,000 Tatars settled in Dobrogea and in the Edirne and Filipopoli areas.

In 1525 more groups of Oguz Turks and Tatars arrived in Babadag. Ottoman chronicles mention four groups of Tatars on the territory of Romelia (in the Eastern Balkans) – to which Dobrogea belonged: the Aktav Tatars, the Tîrhala Tatars, the Ianbolu Tatars and the Bozapa or Bozata Tatars. These groups were included in the same registers as Oguz nomads and enjoyed the same privileges and held the same duties as these towards the Ottoman state.

Tatar belongs to the Turkish branch of Altaic languages. The setting up of the Ottoman administration in Dobrogea had as an effect the assimilation of the Tatar population, the Kapceac language of the Tatars being replaced by the Osman, which is a western Turkish language.

After accepting the suzerainty of the Sultan Mehmed II in 1457, the language of Crimean Tatars was osmanized as well, so that Tatars coming to Dobrogea from Crimea also developed their cultural life in the language of Osman Turks.

At the end of the 16th century foreign travelers called Dobrogea a “Tatar land”. In 1596, under the rule of one of the Khan’s brothers an additional 40,000 Tatars settled in the area between the sea and the Danube.

After the Tsar’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula (1783), numerous Tatars from this place of origin of the once feared Golden Horde found refuge in the Dobrogea area. This process of emigration continued until Dobrogea united with Romania in 1878. Because of the frequent

Russian – Turkish wars, Tatars had to constantly seek refuge and left Dobrogea three times, but kept returning here.

After 1878, the situation of Tatars was generally similar to that of the Turks, meaning they were marginalized but were not assimilated.

Tatars within the Romanian state

A first evaluation of the size of the Tatar population in Dobrogea was done by the Ubcini scholar immediately after the Romanian Independence War. His results from 1879 are quite imprecise, since Tatars were included alongside Turks in the Muslim religious group. Nevertheless, at the time there were approx. 134,000 Muslims in the Romanian part of Dobrogea.

The first precise evaluation of the number of Tatars dates back to 1911, when 25,086 persons are registered, representing 7.3% of the province population.

Dobrogea’s unification with Romania meant that a new era began for the Tatars; modern public education, cultural and Islamic religious institutions were created according to the needs of this minority. Among these, the Muslim Seminary initially functioned in Babadag and was later transferred to Medgidia in 1901. Also, the “Emel” (The Ideal) magazine represented during the post war period a truly Renaissance school, disseminating among Tatars the generous ideas of he great Crimean humanist Ismail Gasprinski and of the national poet Tatar Mehmet Niyazi.

Connections with the land of origin – Crimea – never ceased to exist; even during World War II many Crimean Tatars found refuge in Romania. Stalin’s reprisals against Crimean Tatars had an impact on Dobrogea Tatars as well, some of them becoming victims of the communist regime.

On the other hand, with the passing of time, some of the Dobrogea Tatars (although not many) moved to other areas inside Romania. (Bucharest, Bra

şov, Jassy).

Current Affairs

According to the results of the latest census (2002) , there are 24,137 Tatars in Romania (0.11% of the total population), almost the same as in the previous census of 1992, when 24,596 Tatars were registered (0,11% of the total population). Most ethnic Tatars live in the Dobrogea counties of Constan

ţa and Tulcea, while a small group lives in Bucharest.

Various representatives of the Tatar minority estimate that the real number of Tatars is almost double as that resulting from official censuses, placing it at around 55,000 persons.

Immediately after the 1989 revolution, the Turkish-Muslim Democratic Union of Romania was set up, proclaimed as an “ethno-confessional organization of the Turkish and Tatar population in Romania”. Shortly afterwards, however, this union divided into two organizations, namely the Turkish Democratic Union of Romania and the Democratic Union of Turkish-Muslim Tartars in Romania (DUTMTR). In 1994 the Turkish and Tatar Federation is also set up.

DUTMTR is an ethno-confessional organization aiming to promote “the preservation of the Tatar nation by reviving its specific spirituality” by strengthening the ties with Tatars from Crimea and elsewhere.

The Union is made up of 27 branches in the most important localities with Tatar population: Constan

ţa, Medgidia, Mangalia, Valu lui Traian, Bucureşti, Techirghiol, Murfatlar, Ovidiu, Braşov, Tulcea and others.

Over the years DUTMTR had several MPs; presently Aledin Amet is the Union’s representative in Parliament. Worth mentioning is the fact that in the local elections of 2004 DUTMTR obtained three mayor’s mandates.

Tatars in Romania consider themselves to be part of the Diaspora of Crimean Tartars. Consequently, appealed to Parliament, the Presidency and the Government of the Republic of Ukraine requesting the immediate addressing of the 1998 inter-ethnic problems in Ukraine, in accordance with international law.

At the last general election in the Ukraine, the Tatar population in this country joined the majority population in its fight for real democratization.


Dobrogea Tatars created their own culture by drawing on their history and traditions. National holidays such as the Nawrez and the Kıdırlez, as well as religious celebrations such as Kurban Bayrami and Ramazan Bayrami, largely spread throughout the Turkish World, are among the most important themes.

As far as religious life is concerned, Tatars are under the protection of the Mufti of the Muslim Denomination in Romania. In the 1990s local branches of the DUTMTR contributed to the building of several mosques in Constan

ţa, Eforie Nord, Ovidiu. In 1995 following the signing of a protocol between the Romanian and Turkish states the Muslim seminary of Medgidia was transformed into the Theological Muslim High School Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, also sponsored by the Ankara government.

Towards the end of the 1990s there were approx. 80 places of worship, among which one mosque, for the Muslim religious service.

Various artistic groups were set up in Valu lui Traian, Constan

ţa, Medgidia, Mangalia, Mihail Kogãlniceanu, in the wish to preserve the Tatar folklore traditions; the Festival of Turkish-Tartar National Dress, Dance and Songs reached its 10th edition in 2004. Representatives of the Tatar community take part constantly in the ProEtnica Festival in Sighişoara.

DUTMTR also contributed to the setting up of a network of pupils of Turkish and Tatar ethnic origin who study the Turkish language and Islamic religion intensively. A Tatar language training programme for teachers was also initiated. More recently, the Education Commission of the DUTMTR concerned itself with drafting a strategy to revive Tatar culture and traditions.

An important part of the Union’s activity is represented by organizing symposia dedicated to Tatar personalities such as Numan Çelebi Cihan, Ismail Gasprinski, Hamdi Giraybay, Necip Hacı Fazıl and his big brother Müstecep Ülküsal; other symposia marked the centenary of the Muslim Seminary of Medgidia, and periodical commemorations marked the passing away of the national Tatar poet Mehmet Niyazi.

The Tatar Union publishes books by classical and contemporary authors, as well as three monthly periodicals - “Karadeniz” (“Black Sea”), “Kadınlar Dünyası” (“The World of Women”) and “Ca

ş” (“The Youngster”). In the field of linguistics, an important achievement was the publishing in 1996 of the “Tatar – Turkish – Romanian Dictionary”, containing 10,500 words, edited by Kerim Altay. Also, the Tatar language was the subject of a Bachelor of Arts dissertation in 1997 at the Faculty of Letters from “Ovidius” University of Constanţa by Ozgean Omer, senior mechanical engineer.

The Romanian Radio-Communications Society airs Tatar language broadcasts through its territorial studio in Consta

ţa and through Radio Vacanţa.

Prof.Sen.Eng. Ozgean Omer, Constanţa, Romania, The European Union

Turkish Radio and Television - in Tatar

TRT in Tatar


Kobe Tatars

Ziya in Australia sent us this pic of Tatars in Kobe, we believe to be the 1950's.
Most Tatars have moved on from Japan and there are very few left. Most migrated to Turkey after World War 2.

Rahmet, Ziya.

"In the early 20th century, groups of Volga Tatars immigrated from Kazan, Russia, to Japan. The leader of their community, Muhammed Gabdulhay Kurbangali, had fought on the side of the White movement in the Russian Civil War, and arrived in Japan in 1924; he then set up an
organisation to bring together the Tatars living in Tokyo. Tatars in Japan founded their first mosque and school in 1935 in Kobe, and another in Tokyo in 1938, with support from Kurbangali's organisation.Another Tatar organisation, the Mohammedan Printing Office in Tokyo, printed the first Qur'an in Japan as well as a a Tatar-language magazine in Arabic script, the Japan Intelligencer; it continued publication until the 1940s. Most of the Tatars emigrated after World War II. Those remaining took up Turkish citizenship in the 1950s."

above from Wikipedia

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ey Sez Matur Kizlar - in Chelny


Альфия Авзалова Кубэлэгем
Alfiye Avzalova Kubelegem
"My Butterfly"

Huge Map of Tatarstan

This map has Bugul'ma highlighted. We have family from there.

here 4.68MB

More Tatarchitecture

This pic is from the website of "Iske Peneger" village

and a newer urban residence that nods at Tatar ornamentation.

and Rahmet Renat, these pics are beautiful.

More Tatarchitecture:

Friday, July 23, 2010

Казан. Курбан-байрам, 1945 г. - Kazan Korban Bayram 1945

When it comes down to it, We're not all that religious here at the Peremech Lounge, but this video is fascinating.
Korban Bayram is the Islamic "Festival of Sacrifice", celebrating the Abraham sacrificial tale.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kobe Mosque with young Hayrullah Absi

Guess which one is the Tatar?

I really like this picture.

I think this is my Uncle Hayrullah (without fez) on the minaret of the Mosque in Kobe, Japan.
My Father and Uncle were born in Kobe, and my Grandfather died there.

I never met Hayrullah Absi. He was born in Japan, served in the military as a Turkish Soldier fighting alongside Americans in the Korean War. He had a cat called Sheba and was very well loved. He passed away in Turkey.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Bahçe Ankara - 1977

The HD version of this is pretty good.
There were alot of grapes.

click on the vid and select HD 1080

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Бугульма -Bugelme and Family History

Coat of Arms from 1782

is one of several names given to me by Eni.
She got them from Faile Apa in Ankara.

Allagil - Perhaps "Selo Allagulova" - Province of Ulyanovsk?


Krasno-Sobor Svobodsky
"Lupovka House"

Karikauka? - Larikhofka? - Lapukhovka? - Perhaps "Lipovka", Russia?

Kazan Qazan Казань

The HD Version of this vid is worth checking out. Very nice and much aerial videography.

Dance Ensemble of the Tatar Cultural Center

The dancing is great and the arrangement of balloons is flawless.

The Spring Stream

Dance of the Volga Tatars «the Spring stream» performed by the State Academic Ensemble of national dance of a name of F.Gaskarov of Republic Bashkortostan.

Slavs and Tatars at MOMA