Turkmen Traditional
Music Singer
Virtuoso of
the Dutar
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About

Oghlan Bakhshi is known as one of the most prominent Turkmen singers and players of Dutar. When he was 9 years old, due to his bright talent and ability to perform Turkmen ranks, Turkmen music professors granted him the title Oghlan Bakhshi.

In Turkmen music, “Bakhshi” is a person who can masterfully perform the Dutar and sing, and “Oghlan” means child. Hence Oghlan Bakhshi is a person who in a young age has mastered the Dutar and singing.He is the second person in the last century who has been granted the title “Oghlan Bakhshi”, after the great master of Turkmen music Sakhi Jepbarov.

His real name is “Mohammad Geldi Geldi Nejad”.

His academic training alongside his talent lead him to not only conserve this traditional music, but create a new approach to music and has familiarized this music with the world, which his latest work shows.

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Music

Awards

2005 – 1st prize and recognition as the intellectual symbol of the event at the 6th Iranian regional music competition In Kerman. Several masters like Kayhan Kalhor and Mohammad-Reza Darvishi were members of the jury.

2006 – Award of higher and superior singer and artist at the 1st National Competition among Fine Arts Schools in Tehran.

2008 – Best artist award at the International Folklore Festival in Prague, Czech Republic.

2009 – Invitation and scholarship offered by the Turkmenistan Government to study at the D. Ovezov National Musical College.

2011 – October. 1st Prize in “Turkmen Golden Era” competition, held at the national level among best musicians in Turkmenistan. The prize includes the Gold Medal.

2014 – Scholarship offered by Turkmenistan to study at Turkmen national conservatory in Ashgabat.

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Concerts

He has performed in many concerts in Iran, Turkmenistan, Turkey and European countries such as Czech Republic, Spain, and France.

2003 – Selected for as the representative to perform at the 20th International Fajr Music Festival in Tehran.

2005 – Selected as a representative to perform at the 21st International Fajr music festival in Tehran.

2006 – Performance as a young participant at 22nd International Fajr Music Festival (Tehran) and Performance with a group of Iranian Children Orchestra.

2007 – Performance at 23rd International Fajr Musical Festival

2008 – Invitation by the Turkmenistan Government for participation to the Turkmen Traditional Festival in Ashgabat.

2013 – May. Tour in Europe: Paris / France, Theatre de la Ville de Paris, Euro (France), Orleans (France), San Sebastian (Spain).

2013 – December. Performance in folk instruments ensemble in Ankara / Turkey.

2018 – October. Performance in a concert in Theatre de la Ville de Paris/France.

Online Lessons

If you want to play Dutar like a pro, please sign up for Oghlan Bakhshi’s online Dutar Lessons. Lessons vary according to your level of playing Dutar.  Do not forget to choose your Dutar playing level while registering!