Mala Dengbêjan (Dengbêj House)
The house which is being using as Dengbêj House is an 100 years old historical Diyarbakir house. Two large rooms and a large courtyard of the house belongs to Dengbêj House. Because courtyard is cooler in summer, Dengbêjs use this site in the summer. Every day about 10-15 Dengbêjs visit Dengbêj House and sing; but some special times such as festivals number of Dengbêjs becomes over 30.
Dengbêj and Dengbêj Tradition
The word Dengbej actually a Kurdish word unifed deng (voice) and bêj-tin (say). Dengbej means the person who tels tragedy, grief, happiness, etc. with rhythm and melody that decorate the music. Dengbêjî (Story Teller) is a Kurdish tradition. People who transmit Kurdish language, literature, culture, history and music called Dengbêj.
Dengbêjs are don't only tel stories or only sings; they are also transmitters of Kurdish culture and oral literature. They are witnesses of history, memory and poets of Kurdish people with their powerful voices.
They are not only singers; they are also story and legand tellers, poet, composer and musical genius. They are Kurdish 'Homeros's.
One of the most important points about Dengbêjs is that most of them are men and uneducated. Soever mooste of Dengbêjs are men, there are some important women Dengbêjs as Gule (Evdalê Zeynike's wife), Meyremxan and Eyşe şan.
Opening Hours: Every day from 09:00 to 18:00 - Except Monday
Adress: Melik Ahmet Caddesi Ziya Gökalp Mahallesi, Kılıççı Sokak, near of Behram Pasha Mosque.