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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tarkan's Farewell to Respected Doyenne

Turkish music artist Tarkan paid his last respects to the doyenne of Turkish classical music, Müzeyyen Senar, who was laid to rest earlier today.

Legendary Turkish classical music performer Senar was laid to rest Tuesday morning after a brief funeral ceremony performed at Istanbul's Bebek mosque. Tarkan was present among a number of famous Turkish names gathered at the yard of the mosque before the ceremony, to say a final farewell to one of the classical music greats of the last century.

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Tarkan speaks to reporters at funeral: "This country won't see the likes of her again...
I'm sorry for our loss. We will miss her a lot."

Senar, popularly known as the "Diva of the Republic" was born in 1918, before the founding of the Turkish Republic, in the northwestern city of Bursa. She started studying music in 1931 and began her career in the live music halls of Istanbul in 1933. Her voice quickly caught the public's attention, including the founding father of the Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, cited as one of her many admirers.

Tarkan is another high profile fan often mentioned with Senar. He sang a duet with the doyenne in 1998, and continued to visit her even when she completely withdrew from public life after a stroke in 2006. Back in 2007, during a visit in rehabilitation, Tarkan had bought Senar pink walking shoes on Valentine's Day as an incentive to "get up and dance".

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A few days before this Valentine's Day, and a few months before her 97th birthday, Senar passed away peacefully in her sleep to one final encore. She leaves behind a son and daughter and grandchildren, alongside countless admirers of a bygone generation.

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