• Short Summary

    The famed Turkish Mehtar Band which is going to participate in the Republic Day Parade consists of 60 players, 8 Bursa sword dancers and one group commander.

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    The famed Turkish Mehtar Band which is going to participate in the Republic Day Parade consists of 60 players, 8 Bursa sword dancers and one group commander.

    The Mehtar Band came into being in 1300 A.D when Alauddin Kaikubad Siljuki recognized Osman - the founder of the Ottoman dynasty as the ruling Chief. The Siljuki Sultan presented the Ottoman Chief with a drum, trumpet, horn and Tugh as a mark of his recognition of the Ottoman supermacy and sovereignty.

    Thirty years later, when the Ottoman Empire organized its first regular army called the Jennesari or Yeni Cheri, the Mehtar Band became a part of it.

    The Band as it existed then consisted of one of each of the following instruments a drum, a trumpet, a horn and a trumpet but the number was soon raised to three of each of the a foresaid instruments.

    In course of time the band was further expanded. More instruments like to cymbals, bugles and flags were added to it and the number of each instrument was also increased from three to eleven, only when it played for the king and seven when it played for the Prime Minister. Later on, staffs fitted with bells called the 'chev gen' were also added to the Band. The players used the staffs for beating time as they marched with the Band.

    Another innovation in the shape of two enormous drums called the 'kos' (timble) were also made a part of the Band. These drums are carried on horseback whenever used.

    The officers of the Band sport red garments and caps set off by yellow slippers. The other ranks wear green clothes and red shoes.

    The word Mehtar is a component of two words 'mah' and 'tar' meaning the reflection of the crescent of the ground.

    The Mehtar Band is the oldest existing military band in the World. It has travelled throughout the Empire from the Pelopennes to the Danube, from the Adriatic Sea to the Caspian and from the Black Sea to the Red Sea.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEIFF9436NKLLUAKUFGT31NNXX
    Media URN:
    VLVAEIFF9436NKLLUAKUFGT31NNXX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:20:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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