Cushions and rugs were fetched, on which we gratefully reclined, great carpets were spread over the court, the natives puffed at their narghiles, politely offering them to us, and the famous Khivan bachehs made their entrance.
Backstage, an orchestra mainly composed of twin flutes, kettle drums, and half a dozen man-sized silver trumpets took up its stand.
In 1909, two bacchá performed among the entertainers at the Central Asian Agricultural, Industrial and Scientific Exposition in Tashkent.
Noting the public's constant interest in and laughter at the performance, several locally based researchers recorded the lyrics of the songs performed by the two boys (16-year-old Hadji-bacchá and 10-year-old Sayid-bacchá, both from the then Margilan uyezd).
and should he deign to stop and rest in any shop, it is thought a great honour.The Taliban's opposition to bacha bazi was that they considered it incompatible with Sharia Law, and outlawed the practice after coming to power in 1996.In the 2003 fictional novel The Kite Runner, by Afghani-American author Khaled Hosseini, and in the 2007 movie of the same name, the practice of bacha bazi is depicted.Clover Films and Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi made a documentary film titled The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan about the practice, which was shown in the UK in March 2010 The practice of bacha bazi prompted the United States Department of Defense to hire social scientist Anna Maria Cardinalli to investigate the problem, as ISAF soldiers on patrol often passed older men walking hand-in-hand with young boys.British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to "touch and fondle them," which the soldiers didn't understand.The songs were then published in the original "Sart language" (Uzbek) with a Russian translation.