Monday, 26 February 2024
Barana: A Musical Tradition Unique to Konya

Barana: A Musical Tradition Unique to Konya

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 unloaded.