Turkish Folk Music: Arif Sağ


The Aydın Doğan Award, which is given since 1996 to award individuals who are creative in their profession, and who work towards promoting our country and culture in both national and international platforms, and which is deemed as one of the most prestigious awards in Turkey, is to be given this year in the area of "Turkish Folk Music". In association with the purpose of Aydın Doğan Foundation to further the society, to bring it to a contemporary level, and therefore to support education, it has been announced that the Aydın Doğan Award would be given this year to performer Arif Sağ who has intensified his unique efforts in Turkish Folk Music and in bağlama instrument, who has significantly contributed to the promotion of Anatolian music across the world, who has trained and educated new generations, and who has created a new école in bağlama instrument.

The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Convention Center on April 4, 2018, Wednesday.

Hanzade Doğan Boyner: Arif Sağ has been a representative of many innovations, continuing his unique searches in the field of Turkish Folk Music and bağlama.

Emphasizing that the Ministry of Culture has intense efforts to convey Turkish Folk Music to the following generations in the best possible way, Hanzade Doğan Boyner said, "Various music associations and entities provide important contributions to folk music. Our conservatories educate students. Our esteemed instructors are working selflessly in this field. It is our duty, altogether, to keep our folk music alive, to own up to our works of art, and to carry this unique music to universal dimensions. As a foundation, we are happy and honored to make a small contribution to this joint effort. One of the first names that comes to mind when we talk of Turkish Folk Music is no doubt Arif Sağ. Arif Sağ has been a representative of many innovations, continuing his unique searches in the field of Turkish Folk Music and bağlama."

Noting that Arif Sağ played a big role in introducing Anatolian music to the world arena, Hanzade Doğan Boyner ended her words as follows: "Not only did he not become a master artist rich in repertoire and emotion, he inspired and guided many young individuals at the Istanbul State Turkish Music Conservatory. Tonight, it is a great excitement and honor for me to present our award to our beloved Arif Sağ who has given his very soul to bağlama. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to him for embracing our culture and introducing this valuable art to different cultures, in addition to the huge wealth he has brought into Turkish Folk Music. I would like to congratulate dear Arif Sağ with all my heart, and I hope that his contributions to Turkish Folk Music and Turkish culture will continue for many more years to come. I wish you a long and healthy life, dear Arif Sağ …"

Arif Sağ: All Artists are Good

After receiving the award, Arif Sağ said, "The Aydın Doğan Foundation deeming me worthy of such an important award is a significant matter. All artists are good. They all have their own talents. Some make beautiful paintings, some write good poems, some write good novels, some make good music. They all do something, but they are all artists. I accepted this award because of the fact that the Aydın Doğan Foundation is a non-governmental organization. It is therefore important for me..."