WorldMusic teachers played and sang for Yunus Emre

Music teachers played and sang for Yunus Emre


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 2021 as the “Year of Commemoration of Yunus Emre” due to the 700th anniversary of his death, and the Presidency declared the “Year of Yunus Emre and Turkish”. The administrators and teachers of Atatürk Fine Arts High School prepared the project called “Our Yunus”.

With the support of the Provincial Directorate of National Education, 20 music teachers working in different schools in the city came together to interpret Yunus Emre’s hymn, “Come See Me, What Love Did”, one of the most important figures of Turkish language and culture. After about 2 months of studio work, a music video was shot for the hymn in Yunus Emre Mahallesi, where Yunus Emre was born.

The clip, which the volunteers completed in 4 months, was presented to the public on the social media accounts and video sharing sites of the Ministry of National Education and the Provincial Directorate of National Education.

Hasan Boyraz, the coordinator of the project and music teacher of Eskişehir Atatürk Fine Arts High School, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they came together with music teachers and master teachers at the Public Education Center for Yunus Emre and Turkish Year.

Boyraz, who stated that the shooting of the clip took 17 days within the framework of the project carried out with the support of the principal of the high school, Ersin Kökten, and shared the following information:

“We prepared a clip that consists of images of Yunus Emre’s tomb and the regions he lived in. We get very good reactions from the environment. There are very good messages in the clip. We get emotional every time we watch it. We will do something from the heart, whether you like it or not. We set out to tell Yunus Emre. We have prepared such a project because of our bond of love.”

“We definitely want to continue this project”

Ersin Kökten explained that they created the project after a long evaluation process.

Noting that Provincial Director of National Education Hakan Cırıt gave them great support, Kökten said, “We set out with a work consisting of 13 hymns, but the Covid-19 epidemic and some financial difficulties affected us negatively. We definitely want to continue this project. We will continue as long as we find support.” said.

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Duygu Maden, one of the teachers who sang the hymn in the clip, stated that she spent her childhood in Yunus Emre District of Mihalıççık district, where Yunus Emre’s tomb is located.

Expressing that she was very excited when she heard that a beautiful project would be made for Yunus Emre, Maden said, “I wanted to take part in this project and I found a place. I grew up with Yunus Emre’s philosophy, experiences and discourses. I was very touched that the hymn was shot next to Yunus Emre. “I am happy to be involved in such a project on the 700th anniversary of Yunus Emre’s death. I would like to thank the audience and listeners.” he said.

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