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-- The Arts --

Under the Savaj Imperial period (~700 B.P. - 1 A.P.), the arts flourished, and there are numerous art galleries and museums displaying excellent examples. More recent artworks also flourished in the "Utani underground", a network of artisans who strived to keep Utani arts alive. The modern Utani art owes its heritage to this, the Savaj Imperial period, and to the more recent development funding in Utanian arts.

-- Architecture --

There is an enormous number of Utanian architectural masterpieces to be examined. In Luka and Vela Luka, and, to a lassor extent, Utan Krysaror, the Guwimithian style exists in numerous previous century (101-200) buildings, such as the tremendous Luka Department of Education building, formerly the Dependencies Administration Building. The Presidential Suburb in Utan Krysaror is currently under construction, but should provide a vast array of beautiful modern buildings.

There is also several examples within the regional cities of Savaj Imperial Period buildings: massive polished stone contructions of churches, theatres and Imperial government buildings. The Ujam Cathedral is one of the best examples, in the city of Ujam (its real name is Ujam Krysaror, or "Ujam capital", but this was shortened by the Guwimithian regime). Standing 170 feet tall, and covering almost one acre, the Cathedral is still in use and can be visited all-days-bar-Sunday.

Travelling into Savana state one can see excellent ruins of the former Savaj Empire: fortresses atop mountains that kept the Guwimithian and Gronkian soldiers at bay during the 124-31 rebellion. There is also some good examples of the pre-Empire "Utani Kingdoms" period, although most examples have been lost under the constantly modernising Empire. The Senbek Fortress, in southern Virana near Utan-Jesu, is the best remaining example of a fortress from the Utani Kingdoms period and is about two thousand years old.

However, the best remaining piece of architectural magnificence in all Utania is the Savaj Palace. The ten storey high building towers above the Savaj capital, decorated with all manner of animals and mystical creatures on the exterior, and adorned with the most magnificent artwork within. Of course, the building is still used for official occasions, and remains the sometime residence of the Savaj Emperor, so gaining access is more difficult.

-- Painting and Frescos --

The Utanian Renaissance was from about 400 B.P. for four hundred years. During that time, painting flourished and improved to an excellent standard exemplified by the famous "Mona Leya" painting from about 184 B.P. Unfortunately, most painting was on stone, not canvas, making them harder to transport for world tours. Consequently, most Utanian art is unknown worldwide. But, some of the paintings are magnificent and enormous. The most well-known is the Ujam Cathedral, in which the roof was totally covered in intricate, interlocking paintings. It took local artist Mijal Anjelo some thirteen years to complete.

However, the best examples remain in Savana, particularly the Imperial Capital of Navoomi. The Imperial Palace remains the best source for the imagination, but several other government buildings and churches are also adorned within with massive frescos and paintings.

-- Music --

Utanian music, outside the foreigner-driven cities, is rich, lively and danceable and, best of all, yet to be discovered (exploited!). Most music in Utania derives from the spiritual music used in religious events and occasions, but much has been adapted for story-telling and pleasure. Consisting mostly of pan-flute, drums and a guitar-like instrument called an "Aparea", the music is fast-paced or deeply moving. Singing is encouraged giving Utanian music a sort of communal emphasis. This is the traditional sound, and the best examples can be found in rural communities in Utani B'yan.

Other styles of Utanian music include mostly-religious chorals and hymns. Utanian choral singing has been significantly refined over the past thousand years, and reaches a quality that few can compete with. Hearing a traditional Utani Choir singing a traditional hymn can cause people to change religions (of course, the idea). Best examples are actually close to the eastern seaboard, Ujam, Utan-Nystos, Yoamith and Letherington.

In Savana, spiritual songs are deeper, more resonant chanting, and can be deeply affecting to hear a thousand such chanters in a Savaj Church. The women in Savana are encouraged to sing the choral style of the tropical regions, unable, obviously, to reach the lower notes of the Savaj-style chanting.

In Luka itself, a fusion of many international styles of music can be enjoyed, using traditional Utani instruments some very unusual styles have also evolved. "Calypso" is a favourite blended style preferred along the hot, sunny east coast.

-- Literature --

Modern Utanian literature is somewhat still underground, hiding the now-banished Guwimithian oppressor. Traditional literature dates from the Utanian Renaissance, when numerous plays and theatrical pieces were written to entertain the people. Theatre and sports were widely enjoyed during the Savaj Imperial period, and numerous examples remain. Most were homilies written to encourage spiritual development or discourage deceitful behaviour, but, there was also a literary facination with exploring the world as they knew it. This includes adventurous stories of faraway lands, and explorations of the inner man, what motivated evil. "Co Jomara" is a good example of homily/adventure writing during that period, and "Kopanaj taura yo Opay" ("The sailor's daughter is distracted") is an example of Utanian exploration of men's wrongdoing. Both are available in Ingallish.


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