ASTANA – On March 31, KIMEP Alumni Association in Astana organized a charity concert for the residents of the state Home for the Elderly and Disabled to commemorate the Nauryz holiday. The event was held against a backdrop of heavy snow, but more than 30 former KIMEP students and their friends came to perform.Ibragim Eskendir performed the popular patriotic song “Kok Tudin Zhibergeni” (“The Blue Flag”), Murager Sauranbayev performed “Alkissa” by Nurgisa Tilendiyev on the dombra,Baglan Bektas sang the song “Toi” (“Wedding”), Daulet Kozhabekov sang “Ana Turaly” (“About Mother”) and a young acapella group performed.
“Those two to three hours spent with them are only a drop in the time scale, but we believe that the concert will make those elderly people smile even two or three months,” young poetess Zhanar Salybay told The Astana Times.
Sauranbayev, the dombra artist, told The Astana Times that the KIMEP students wanted to revive Nauryz traditions of serving the elderly and rejoicing on the holiday.
“In the past, young people started the Nauryz celebration by presenting special plates of food called ‘belkoterer’ to elders. Then the elders would give them a ‘bata’ (blessing). We were inspiredby this tradition when we planned our concert,” he said.
“I think traditional music will always be in demand. I want to wish our grandparents long years of living and strong health. Now we are looking forward to our next meeting,” he added.Eskendir, a popular singer, said he felt an obligation to perform at charity events. “I am always happy to support such initiatives,” he told The Astana Times. “I am very grateful for the invitation and I want to express my appreciation to KIMEP graduates for coming up with such a wonderful idea. They sang and danced and shared their joy with the elderly residents of the institution. Such events unite us and bring us a sense of patriotism. We are all citizens of one country, we have to be united no matter what and we have to preserve these good traditions.”
In August, the KIMEP group bought toys for patients for an Astana hospital and then visited it to meet the children there.
The KIMEP Alumni Association in Astana is a club of former KIMEP students. They organise social, charity and sporting events, support recent graduates and promote career growth.
The group is an example of the power of private individuals to change society for the good and help the unfortunate.