Natalya Yakovlevna Pugachova

Born  on November 28, 1935.

Natalya Yakovlevna went to school for one year only. After that the war started and she didn`t have an opportunity to continue her education. She worked in Buranovo`s kolkhoz her whole life.

They say about people like Natalya Yakovlevna that they are small in stature but great in spirit. She manages to cope with everything she does! She also poses a great sense of humor.

Natalya Yakovlevna raised 4 children. Her life is brightened by 3 grandsons and 6 great grandsons.



Begisheva Alevtina

Born on March 03, 1958.

Alevtina worked as a n accountant her whole life. She heads the museum in Buranovo community center for the last 4 years. This change of occupation was not accidental, she and her whole family gathered old heirlooms for some time. In the end the family hobby turned into a profession.

As a former accountant Alevtina likes precision and order in everything. She loves to solve Sudoku.

Alevtina has three children.



Baisarova Granya

Born on June 12, 1949.

Granya`s professions include plastering, painting and tile setting. She worked at the Izhevsk mechanical plant. In 1975 she moved to Buranovo with her family and worked as a dairymaid for 20 years. Granya uses every free minute to knit. She is the creator of beautiful stockings which are worn by grannies onstage.

Granya raised 6 children who were blessed with 8 grandchildren. She also has 1 great grandchild.



Tuktareva Olga

Born on April 26, 1968.


Olga graduated from the culture institute of Perm. She heads Buranovo house of culture as well as being an artistic director of the grannies. She translates songs into Udmurt. Olga is very honest and delicate person. At the same time she doesn`t forget about her household and farmstead. Olga`s family enjoys fresh cucumbers grown in their own greenhouse as early as in April.
Olga has two children



Pyatchenko Valentina

Born on October 21, 1937.

At first she received training as a seamstress and later graduated from the Udmurt Pedagogical Institute with a degree in history and philology. For twenty one years she worked as a teacher of Russian and literature in Turkmenistan where her husband was sent to serve. But her family life was not successful and in 1984 Valentina Semenovna returned to her home village where she worked in school until her retirement.

In 1998 while working the circular saw she lost her right arm (she uses prosthesis while onstage).

In time she learnt to cope with her disability: she sows using the sowing machine, bakes the cakes and makes very tasty jam. Last summer she managed to harvest 8 full buckets of strawberries in one week! She also manages to get the big harvest even if there was a drought during summer. Band members call her «shirpi», which is Udmurt for mouse. That is because she is very shy.

Valentina raised 2 sons one of whom died. She has 2 grandchildren.



Koneva Galina

Born on October 15, 1938.

Galina graduated from Sarapul Pedagogical secondary school for kindergarten teachers. Her whole live she worked in the kindergarten. Galina performed onstage as an amateur since she was very young. Until the last year she participated in the skiing competitions. She is a first category skier. 

Galina is very important part of the band she generates a lot of ideas. So it is not without a reason her friends call her «mush mummy», the queen bee. If she lived in town she would certainly become a politician.

Galina raised three children. She has 8 grandsons and 2 great grandsons.



Dorodova Zoya

Born on April 15, 1940.

Zoya is a professional baker. She worked in a bakery of Buranovo and as a dairymaid in kolkhoz. She married in the village of Babino. She worked as a cook there and was in charge of school`s dining room. After the death of her husband Zoya returned to Buranovo and worked as a cook in «Geophysics».

She is the most staid and taciturn member of the band. If there is a need to cook a meal while away from home it`s up to Zoya Sergeevna.


She raised a daughter who gave her 2 grandchildren.



Shklyaeva Ekaterina

Born on Octobe 03, 1937.

While Ekaterina was still in the fourth grade her mother fell ill. She was forced to leave school and take on all the housework. Ekaterina worked at the Izhevsk mechanical factory and later as a plasterer and painter at a construction site near Perm. She married but her husband died six years later. Ekaterina returned to her home village and worked in Buranovo`s agriculture until retirement.

Ekaterina is a real tuning-fork of the band; her voice is used to check the key-note. She makes the best sour cabbage. Her pockets are always full of bread for birds: wherever grannies are going she always feeds pigeons, ducks and sparrows.

Ekaterina raised 3 children. She has 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.


About the band.

The whole audience rose to greet them when they came to the stage of “Eurovision-2010” national final. As young people, famous musicians and respectable producers watched the performance of this unique band they were surprised to discover a new name in the Russian show business “Buranovskie Babushki” (Grannies from Buranovo).

The distinctive character and honesty of the singers instantly conquered hearts of Russian audience. It took a lot of courage for grannies (who are over seventy) to come to Moscow and perform in front of a huge TV audience. The following morning the Internet was full of messages about grannies from an unknown Udmurt village of Buranovo who took the third place in the Russian national finals of the “Eurovision”. 



Many sites and news portals published the video of grannies performing which had instantly become a hit in the Internet. In a couple of days more than thirty thousand people watched it. The Internet users comments were full of adoration: «Grannies... are simply great! They really got the audience going!  It`s just incredible. They received a standing ovation!” “The grannies are so original and creatively different that they could easily win the Eurovision”. “Grannies are so good. We wish them strong health and all the best! »
It was a stunning victory!
The triumphant song “Long, long birch bark and how to make an ishon out of it” which was performed by grannies in the national finals was written ten years ago by the band member Elizaveta Filippovna Zarbatova or simply Baba Lisa. At that time “Buranovskie Babushki” was still in the making. Baba Liza said that she was glad so many people heard her song. She would love to go to Moscow herself but the trip is a bit too much for a person of her age, Baba Liza is already eighty four. The song tells a story of a harsh woman`s fate: Udmurt woman goes to the meadow and asks the birch how can she make an ishon from the birch bark? How can she make a sash from the linen? How can she feed all the children waiting for her at home? The young mare is in the stall so how can I teach her to plow? The meadow seems boundless so how can she (with so little knowledge and skills) plough the land and sow the seeds?
Many show business experts try to guess what is the reason for the grannies phenomena. “Buranovskie Babushki” is a small band led by Olga Nikolaevna Tuktareva. The lead singer of the band Baba Natasha who bears the proud surname of Pugacheva is a star small in stature. Grannies didn`t think seriously about the professional stage careers they just wanted to sing a bit. They sing just as their great grandmothers sang many years ago. Nevertheless they often surprise their audience by singing songs of Tsoi, Grebenshchikov and Beatles in Udmurt language. They preserve the true values which were passed from generation to generation for many centuries. They rely on self-sufficient farms and natural economy just as their ancestors did. From time to time they can cancel a show just because it`s time to help domestic animals breed or plant potatoes. Everybody understands it. Grannies managed to open a museum in the Buranovo village club. It`s exhibit consists of two hundred years old kerchiefs, old gramophone and other utensils. One of their fans says: “Grannies have taught me much, I reconsidered my whole life. When I have a hard time or I can`t succeed in something, I tell myself to stop whining, the grannies are working in their kitchen gardens right now. I get myself together and move forward. They really help me in my life”. 
There is one other topic which is very important for grannies. In 1939 Buranovo`s church was destroyed. It wasn`t restored during the time of the Soviet Union. People of the village have to go 40 kilometers to reach the nearest temple. Grannies dream of building a church in their home village. And this is probably one of the main reasons for grannies to go to the stage.
Europe experiences the sharp rise in the popularity of folklore for a couple of years now. Currently there is nothing comparable to “Buranovskie Babushki” in show business. No expert can clearly define what is the genre or style of grannies singing. But one thing is certain. Ethnic music of “Buranovskie Babushki” has spawned an interest not only in Russia but also abroad. Japanese journalists have made a report on grannies, Finnish TV is filming a large show and the Russian channel RTR is making a video clip.
A long time ago the foothill of Ural mountains was inhabited by a tribe which gave birth to many Finno-Ugric peoples including Udmurts. The ancestors of Finno-Ugric people were very observant men and knew the laws of nature and the world. Their descendants spread across the Europe and now speak different languages. Today they are all part of a bigger Finno-Ugric world. And who knows maybe this is the very reason for a small Udmurt band`s popularity. Essentially they are genetically grannies of many European inhabitants.