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8 November 2014  |  0 comment  |  Zeynep Bakir

The first television of the world: Karagöz.

You can encounter shadow play in many different countries around the world. However, Karagöz, the most developed and world-famous of these, attained his current state in this very country, in fact in Istanbul.

The first television of the world: Karagöz.

Surpassing its rivals around the world with features such as being in color and having moving figures, Karagöz has one other distinctive feature: It’s deemed the first television of the world.

In an era television hadn’t been invented yet, people of Istanbul of all ages used to watch colorful, vocal and clearly visible shapes on a white curtain. Karagöz had an informative function as much as an entertainment function. 

According to some accounts, Karagöz was created based on humorous conversations between two construction workers at the time of Sultan Orhan. Even though his origins are not exactly known, it’s an incontestable truth that this art chose Istanbul as its capital. 

Today, you can still watch Karagöz from competent Karagöz artists at many places of Istanbul.

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