|ART, MUSIC AND FOLKLORE|
Music and dances
Opera singers.- Bulgaria is also famous for its worldwide popular opera singers such as Boris Christov, Nicolay Gyaurov, Gena Dimitrova, Raina Kabaivanska, Alexandrina Pendachanska, etc.
The folkloric music.- The melodies traditionally performed by women reveal a magnificent vocal timbre, a rich sound full of energy. The polyphonic harmony, decorated with dissonances and screams, is characteristic. The most relevant example of these unique songs are the musical groups “The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices” and “Bulgarian Trio.”
Popular dances.- The most popular dance is the “joro,” which represents a very quick foot-tapping in a group chain circle form. The “rachenitza,” the dances on ember called “nestinarski” from the region of Strandza and the dances of “Kukeri” (men disguised as demons, evils or animals) are only part of the examples for the richness and authenticity of the Bulgarian folklore.
There are 24 kinds of traditional crafts, and among them are wool manufacturing and the production of fabrics and clothes; also, wood and ceramic carving. The traditions of fabric production show sensitivity towards beauty, inspired in the culture and religion. The carpets from Chiprovtsi, Zheravna and Kotel, the blankets and traditional tablecloths from the Rodopes and Pirin mountains are heritage of the unique skills transmitted from one generation to another.