The Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) held its annual conference on Saturday, March 12th at Indiana University. This year marked the 23rd anniversary of the conference and brought together over forty scholars across more than a dozen panels, with the Keynote Speech given by Dr. Manduhai Buyandelger. Through generous support from the IAUNRC and efforts by Dr. Nazif Shahrani the 23rd Annual ACES Conference was able to host a featured performance by world-renown dutar virtuoso, Sirrojiddin Juraev.
Considered one of the most virtuosic dutar players in Central Asia today, Sirojiddin Juraev is the
Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Harvard University. Born in the Sughd region of Tajikistan, he hails from a lineage of dutar players, and began studying dutar formally at a young age. He attended Khujand State University where he honed his skills in the subtleties and craftsmanship of playing the dutar. In 1995 he was pronounced a dutar laureate after taking first place in an international dutar competition in Tashkent. Upon graduating from Khujand State University in 1999, Mr. Juraev became a member of the Faculty for Arts.