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Tamara Khanum
Uzbek dancer of Armenian origin

Tamara Khanum

Tamara Khanum
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Intro Uzbek dancer of Armenian origin
Was Singer Ballet dancer Dancer Ballet master Actor Choreographer
From Russia
Field Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 29 March 1906, Fergana, Uzbekistan
Death 30 June 1991, Tashkent, Tashkent State (aged 85 years)
Star sign Aries
Politics Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Russian Institute of Theatre Arts
Stalin Prize  
Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"  
Order of Lenin  
People's Artist of the USSR  
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class  
Order of the Red Banner of Labour  
Order of the Badge of Honour  
Medal "For Distinguished Labour"  
Artiste du peuple du RSS d'Ouzbékistan  
Medal "Veteran of Labour"  
Medal "For Valiant Labour in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"  
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Tamara Khanum (1906–1991) was an Uzbek dancer of Armenian origin, notable for being the first woman in Uzbekistan to successfully perform publicly and without a veil. Tamara Khanum was a colleague of ill-fated Uzbek dancer Nurkhon Yuldasheva, who was murdered in an honor killing for taking off her veil onstage.

Early life

Khanum was born as Tamara Artyomovna Petrosyan to an Armenian family in the Uzbek city of Margilan in the Ferghana valley of Central Asia, then part of the Russian Empire. Khanum showed interest in dance as a child, singing and dancing to Uzbek folk songs. In 1919 she joined the mobile theater troupe of the Turkestan front led by Hamza Niyazi.


In 1921 she joined the Tashkent Russian opera and ballet theater named after Ya. Sverdlov, after which she joined the Tashkent Ballet troupe in 1922. In 1924 she graduated from the Central Technical School of Theater Arts in Moscow.

Khanum's dancing had a profound effect on American writer Langston Hughes, who wrote a 1934 article, "Tamara Khanum: Soviet Asia's Greatest Dancer," which praised Khanum for her performances and for breaking cultural taboos by appearing on stage.


The house museum of Tamara Khanum was created in 1994.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 14 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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