The only educational institution which prepared professional kobzars (itinerant Ukrainian bards who sang to their own accompaniment played on a multi-stringed bandura or kobza, - ed.) in Ukraine ceased its activity, as Oleksandr Ihnatusha, Ukrainian actor and movie director, wrote on Facebook.
Stretovsk kobzar art training college was located in Kyiv region. Ihnatusha noted that the shut down of the educational institution was conducted without notifying its students and teachers.
His post gathered 2,2 thousand reposts and dozens of comments, where many users are condemned with the shut down of the school. One of the possible reasons for this is a shortage of students – only two applications were submitted for 12 places.
This school was established in 1989 upon the initiative of Vasyl Lytvyn, Ukraine’s honored artist, and the writers Borys Oliynyk and Oles Berdnyk. Traditionally, only young men were studying in this school.
A lot of bandura-players, kobzars, lyrists and teachers of music and kobzar art graduated this educational institution. Many of the students become lead vocalists in prominent Ukrainian performance ensembles.
Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian movie about a kobzar The Guide was presented for Oscar nomination.