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"Ukrainian Minstrels: and the blind shall sing" by Natalie Kononenko
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More N. Kononenko fotos at U. of Virginia
by Natalie Kononenko
The celebration of the 80th birthday of Markevych, a kobzar from Bilotserkva.
Markevych is seated in the front, second from the right. First person on the left is the scholar and
performer Mykola Polotai; next to him is the Tkachenko, and architect, painter, and performer.
In the middle is Fedir Lavrov who wrote a book about kobzari. Furthest to the right is Ovram
Zharko. As scholars and other intellectuals became more and more involved with performers,
they took up singing themselves. The first scholar-performer was Opanas Slastion. By the time
of this photograph, sighted performers were no longer unusual.