“Dutorchi qizlar” (Dutarist girls) ensemble was established in accordance with the government resolution under the State Television and Radio Committee of Uzbekistan in 1979. This responsible task was given to the People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Ganijan Tashmatov. It should be noted that the various ensembles of women have been functioned before. The ensemble “Dutorchi qizlar” (Dutarist girls) created by Lutfikhan Sarimsokova and Gavharhonim Rakhimova, has gained momentum in its time. In addition, there were various ensembles in different regions. One of them was the ensemble “Dutorchi qizlar” (Dutarist girls) under the leadership of Abdusamad Ilyasov. Great and responsible work given to Ganijan Toshmatov was implemented in a short time. The ensemble became one of the most famous collectives of that time. Talented girls graduated from Tashkent State Conservatory, Art Institute after named Mannon Uygur, Tashkent State Institute of Culture and native talented performers were invited to the ensemble by G.Toshmatov on a competitive basis. Initially, the ensemble consisted of 12 musicians and singers. In 1995, the number of artists reached 40.
In this way, a number of talented young girls were accepted to the ensemble such as Zamira Suyunova, Zamira Rakhmatullaeva, Ruzibi Hodjieva, Fatima Rakhmatullaeva, Zaynab Mirzatillaeva, Zulfiya Suyunova, Dilorom Mukhamedova, Ozoda Madrakhimova, Sanobar Karimova, Rano Buranova, Kursiya Esonova, Khurmatoy Jonieva, O’giloy Kasimova and Mahira Asadova. Later, the ensemble received the first dancer Matluba Juraeva. The “Dutorchi qizlar” ensemble was entrusted with restoration of folk songs, lapars and songs forgotten among the people. G.Tashmatov has caused such works to be translated from generation to generation and his work should be appreciated. Girls’ performances included: “Qizgina”, “Qoshing qarosi”, “Yor-yoraxon – Gulyoraxon”, “Omon yor”, “Shohchalab” and “Yor-yor”, “Doira do’m-do’m”, “Olmacha anor”, “Ey nozli yorim” and others. “Dutorchi qizlar” (Dutarist girls) ensemble was first performer of lapars and yalla songs sining by pop musicians nowadays.
The ensemble was awarded the Youth Organization Prize in 1981 (now known as the Nihal Prize). Artists who have worked in the ensemble and have become artists are now respected and loved by people. Such artists of the ensemble are: People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Zamira Suyunova; the Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Sanobar Karimova, Qursiya Esonova, Zamira Rakhmatullayeva. The ensemble has performed concerts in all regions of Uzbekistan and in several other countries. In 1994, Kakhramon Kamilov was appointed as Artistic Director. In January 1995, the People’s Artist of Uzbekistan, Zamira Suyunova, was appointed as the Artistic Director of the ensemble. Later, in 2002, Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Zamira Rakhmatullaeva continued to lead the ensemble. The ensemble has performed concerts in all regions of Uzbekistan and in several other countries.
- In 1980, at the event dedicated to Ibn Sino’s creativity in Moscow;
- In 1981 “Days of Uzbekistan” in Tajikistan;
- In 1989 tour concerts in all cities of Kyrgyzstan;
- In 2001 “Days of Uzbekistan” in France;
- The “Days of Uzbekistan” in Germany in 2002;
- In 2004 Festival in Germany;
- In 2007 “Days of Uzbekistan” in Greece;
- In 2013, events dedicated to Navruz celebrations in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands.
In 2006 “Dutorchi qizlar” ensemble began to work in the “Creative Union of Artistic Collectives”. In 2009, young talented girls were invited to the ensemble and the ensemble was renamed as “Dutorchilar” Ensemble. The ensemble had 27 jobs. At the same time, the senior lecturer of the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan, the teacher of the “Dutor” course at the Uzbekistan and Japanese Center Ruzibibi Khojieva was appointed as a creative director. Every year, under the guidance of Khojieva, conserts were held regularly in the participation with Uzbekistan-Japan Center, “Dutorchilar” consisting Japanese volunteers and “Dutorchilar” ensemble named after G.Tashmatov. For the first time in 2009, a concert was held at Istiklol Art Palace. On November 3, 2010 in the big hall of the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the well-known Japanese Edoya Nekohachi, in 2014 the concert with the Shamsin musicians of Japan was held. The ensemble became a winner of Festival of Orchestra and Ensemble dedicated to the 100th anniversary of A.I.Petrosyan. In the autumn of that year, the ensemble participated in the “Youth Festival”, the concert dedicated to Fakhridiin Sadikov and Saidjon Kalonov on March 24, 2015.
In addition, the Dutorchilar Ensemble has been actively participating in all holidays, concerts and creative meetings held in our countries. From the time of the creation of the ensemble up to now, more than 600 works have been kept on the Radio of Uzbekistan’s Radio “Golden Fund”. In October, 2014 the creative association of art collectives was renamed as the “Creative Union of Artistic Collectives of Uzbekistan”. All ensembles began to work in this community. Along with this, the Dutorchilar Ensemble also continues its activities in this community. From 2016 to the present day, Ogiloy Kasimova is the art director of the Dutorchilar Ensemble named after G. Tashmatov.