Author(s): Nihal CMERT TKEN, Ilke KIZMAZ

This article is based on the results of research for Master Thesis of TU Social Sciences Institute Turkish Music Programme. In this article, we aim to explore the details behind the official history and the late history of folk dances in Istanbul with an oral history study by interviews with the folk dance labourers who lived in 1960-1980.

The aim of the interviews with the witnesses of the era is to collect information about: an overview of the term; effects of the politics on folk dances; effect of the military coup of 1980 on folk dances; and the differences between the post and pre periods of 1980. After determining the consistent comments, they are re-interpreted with a social realist viewpoint.

Our article is approached as 6 parts; "Introduction", "Approaches In Oral History and Oral History in Folk Dances","Socio-politic and Socio-Cultural Situation of Istanbul between 1960-1980", "Institutional Development of Folk Dances in Istanbul pre-1960", "Folk Dance Studies in Istanbul between 1960-1980", and "Before and after 1980 in Folk Dances".


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