Assiya Berkenova: We are the generation that did not have time to fully enjoy aitys

Assiya Berkenova is Kazakhstan’s brilliant akyn, improvising poet. People’s Poet of Kazakhstan made an important contribution to preserve the art of ancestors, which was on the verge of extinction. The talent of Assiya Berkenova takes a special place among those who managed to revive the popular genre of song-poetic contest among poets and improvisers. In today’s program, we will talk with the master of aitys (art of improvisation) from Kostanay.