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mayya kelova (tkm)

NOOR - Power of dedication

Mayya Kelova is a Communications Specialist at United Nations, Turkmenistan.


Mayya started doing photography in 2007, and in the summer of 2011 worked as a commercial photographer for a studio. For her senior year at university, she conducted a documentary photography project (Capstone Project), entitled “Hope for a Cherry Blossom”, telling a story of a Roma woman. In April 2014, along with other 10 photographers, she took part in The Giving Lens trip to Jordan to document the work of a local NGO - Iraq Al-Amir Women Cooperative Society – focused on the basic photography education for children from the Zikra Initiative. From June 2014 to February 2015 she worked as journalist at Georgia Today newspaper, based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mayya’s photographic interests lay in the field of human rights. 




“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein


Anatoliy Georgievich Lubinets is originally from Donetsk, Ukraine. Since his childhood he wanted to connect his life to choreography. In Soviet Ukraine, Anatoliy’s mother preferred her son to become a pilot or an engineer, because dancing is a good hobby, rather than a job. However, when Anatoliy turned 18 he moved to Kyiv to study choreography at the Municipal Academy of Circus and Variety Arts. In 1972 he traveled to Ashgabat for an internship with a local ballet theatre, where he met his wife and decided to continue his career in Turkmenistan. Throughout his career together with other dancers he traveled to Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he shared the culture of Turkmenistan through his performances.


His talent is widely praised and acknowledged. In 2011, Anatoliy received the title of the Honoured Artist of Turkmenistan.


This is a story of a person who dedicated his life to choreography and folk dance, his thirst and desire for doing something exceptional that inspires many around him.  

Anatoliy with his students at the independent Dance Festival, Ashgabat, March 27, 2016
Anatoliy gives private dance classes to children that cover different styles, Lotus Studio, Ashgabat, March 20, 2016
Students of four years old and upper age take part in his private dance classes, Ashgabat, March 20, 2016
In 1976, Anatoliy opened the first in Turkmenistan aerobocis club, which became popular and is still in demand, Atlant Fitness Club, Ashgabat, March 23, 2016
Rehearsal for the Folk Dance Concert that will be held in May 2016 and organized by Anatoliy, Lotus Studio, Ashgabat, March 20, 2016
A second before Anatoliy's students perfomance at the Turkmenistan cinema stage, Independent Dance Festival, Ashgabat, March 26, 2016
By request of many fitness club visitors, Anatoliys keeps conducting aerobics. Ashgabat, March 23, 2016
A part of Anatoliy's home archives
Besides the main work, Anatoliy along with his wife organizes annual new year's concerts for children with disabilities. Ashgabat, Match 25, 2016
Final action of the "Arshin Malala" play, Pushkin Drama Theater, where Anatoliy works as a choreographer and acts in few plays as well. Ashagbat, March 19, 2016