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Thursday, July 24th, 2008
8:30 pm
Monday, October 8th, 2007
2:31 pm
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
12:13 am
Dancing Gypsy Women
Gypsy women have been always considered to be beautiful and attractive, and Gypsy dancers are a living symbol of grace and passion, as the Russian artist and ethnographer Nikolai Bessonov shows in his new picture series.

Angela Battalova

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
7:48 pm
Science Careers of Gypsy Sisters

When we speaking about Gypsy intellectuals in Russia, we must undoubtedly mention the sisters Natalia and Lubov Pankov. Natalia was a chemist and Lubov is a biologist. Both sisters had a very high degree of national consciousness and often used to say that they couldn’t let themselves do anything that might represent their people in a bad light.

During the WWII the Pankov sisters showed themselves as real patriots. Luba and Natasha were daughters of Nikolai Pankov (also an outstanding Rom, who is famous, for example, for his translation of Pushkin’s poem “Gypsies” into the Romani language). The girls’ father wanted them to receive higher education. But when Hitler’s Germany declared the war to the USSR, the sisters left their studies and began working at the Moscow armour plants. “It’s not the time for studies now,” the girls told their father. Working to the point of exhaustion, the Romani girls were making shells for rocket projectors.

They made up for it after the war and both graduated from the institutes. You can read their short biographies below.

Natalia Pankova (1924-1991). A Research Assistant at the Institute of Organic Subroducts and Dyes, where she worked for 35 years. Her professional career was successful. For example, she has authored 30 papers on advanced developments in cyanide dyes (she received inventor's certificates for them). Natalia had many talents: she sang and danced very well, painted with pencils and water-colours.

Lubov Pankova was born in 1925. She has a PhD in biology, in the field of human and animal physiology, and has been working mainly in the area of clinical physiology. She is a Senior Research Assistant of the physiological laboratory at the Central Institute of Expert Examination of Labour Capacity and Labour Organization for Disabled. Her research was focused on mechanisms of intercentral relations and their abnormalities and compensations.

Lubov also worked for the Soviet Academy of Science and a number of pedagogical institutes, where she gave lectures on human and animal physiology, higher neural functions and anatomic-physiological peculiarities of children and teenagers. Moreover, she authored and co-authored several research books on those subjects and more than 50 scientific papers, published mostly in the central press. Lubov Pankova has done a lot for preserving and recording the national history. Her memoirs are waiting for publication.

The sisters Pankov are representatives of an old famous Russian Gypsy dynasty that produced many outstanding Gypsies in the world.

From Romantic World
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
10:06 pm
Virtual exhibit: Zsoltan Vary, a Romani artist from Hungary
Vari's favourite genre is portrait. The key detail of his art is a look. His models may look at you, you may look at them or they may look to the side and even hide their eyes, but the look remains the key feature.
The faces of Vari's models are both realistic and mystical. They shine not with light but with feeling.

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Sunday, April 8th, 2007
11:23 pm
The legacy of Sanskrit in Romany Chib
Sanskrit word - Gypsy word - English word
(I use a Gypsy way of writing)

Agni - Yagh - Fire
Adya - Adadyves - Today
Aksha - Yakh - Eye
Asmi - Som - Am
Ashta - Ohto - Eight
Bhru - Phuvi - Eyebrow
Vala - Bal - a Hair
Kam - Te kames - to Love
Vradzhya - Vergo - an Enemy
Gita, gir - Gily - a Song
Ghore (awful) - Gorro (a trouble)
Da - Te das - to Give
Dada - Dad - a Father
Danta - Dand - a Tooth
Dashan - Desh - Ten
Dvar (a door) - Vudar (a door, a gate), udery (gates)
Deva - Devel - a God
Dzhivanam - Dzhiipen - Life
Dzhivati - Te dzhives - to Live
Dzhna - Te dzhines - To know
Dzhnana - Dzhiinen - Knowledge
Yeka - Yekh - One
Kada - Kana - When
Laghu - Lokho - Easy
Mansa, mas - Mas - Meat
Mar - Te meres - to Die
Me - Man - Me
Mi - Me - I
Nava - Nevo - New
Na - Na, nat - No
Nasika - Nak - Nose
Ostha, oshtha - Ush, vusht - a Lip
Pancha - Pandzh, pansh - Five
Pi - Te pyas - to Drink
Rudhira - Rat - Blood
Ruch (shine) - Kuchi (glass), kuch (precious)
Sada - Sagda - Allways
Sarpa - Sapano - a Snake
Svap - Te soves - to Sleep
Stana - Stan - a Country
Sukho - Shuko - Dry
Tri - Trin - Three
Hansa - Gynsako - a Goose
Hrad - Rada - Joy
Chatura - Shtar - Four
Shukra (light, shining) - Shukar (beautiful)
Anguli - Angusht - a Finger
Taruna - Terno - Young
Chandra - Shon - a Moon
Bhuu - Phuv - Soil
Purusha - Mursh - a Man, a Husband
Purana - Phuro - Old
Ratri - Rat - a Night
Utta - Utcho - Tall, high
Mukha - Muy - a Mouth, a Face
Hasta - Vasht - a Hand
Mushiko - Mushyako - a Mouse
Shasha - Shoshoy - a Hare
Divasa - Dyves - a Day
11:32 pm
Gypsy Day
Today is the Gypsy Day, the national day of all Gypsies of the world.

Not so many people know that such a day exists.

Gypsies also have their own anthem, flag and symbols.

The Gypsy flag is composed of two stripes, blue and green, and a red wheel.
The blue stripe is a symbol of heavens, of God-seeking.
The green stripe is a symbol of grass. Gypsies used to camp in grassy places.
The red wheel is a symbol of the ancient way of life, of the time when all Gypsies were nomadic, it is as red as hot Gypsy blood. The red wheel lays on both stripes, because Gypsies walk both the path of the Earth and the path of the Soul.

The Gypsy anthem is 'Djelem djelem'. It does not have a fixed melody; everybody can sing it as one wants.

The main Gypsy symbols are a red or golden wheel and a horseshoe.
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