Konya is a city located in the central region of Turkey,
known for its historical and cultural richness. One of the most important
traditions in the city is the "barana," a tradition of musical
gatherings. Konya barana is a traditional cultural element that fosters social
solidarity, conversation, and entertainment, particularly among young adults.
Barana, a traditional cultural element based on social solidarity,
conversation, and entertainment, is performed in different regions of Turkey,
particularly among young people and adults. In Konya, a special type of barana
has emerged over time, which is a music-based gathering that originated from
the Ahi (Turkish Islamic guild) tradition of sitting in a row.
The main element that brings people together in Konya
barana is music, and their love for Konya folk songs is a distinct feature of
these gatherings. Regardless of their social status, all participants in a
barana have equal status. Barana meetings begin with a communal dinner followed
by coffee. Then, depending on the nature of the barana, people engage in
conversation or have fun.
The main instruments used in Konya barana is the bağlama (a
traditional Turkish stringed instrument) and darbuka (a drum). In the early
20th century, other traditional instruments such as the kanun, ud, and cümbüş
also became part of barana sessions. While barana meetings are usually held in
central or nearby villages, their customs and practices differ from one
another. Free spaces like country houses or gardens are also preferred. The
word "barana" is thought to have derived from the Farsi compound noun
"bâr-hâne," which means "luggage; a place where baggage is