Buranovskiye Babushki

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Buranovskiye Babushki
Buranovskiye Babushki 2011 12.jpg
Buranovskiye Babushki in 2011
Background information
OriginBuranovo, Udmurtia, Russia
GenresPop, ethno
Years active1970s–present
  • Granya Baysarova
  • Alevtina Bekisheva
  • Zoya Drozdova
  • Galina Koneva
  • Natalia Pugachova
  • Valentina Pyatchenko
  • Ekaterina Shklyaeva
  • Olga Tuktaryova
  • Nikolai Zarbatov
Past membersYelizaveta Zarbatova

Buranovskiye Babushki (Russian: Бурановские Бабушки, pronounced [bʊˈranəfskʲɪɪ ˈbabʊʂkʲɪ]; Udmurt: Брангуртысь песянайёс, Brangurtyś Pesänajos; meaning "Buranovo Grannies") is a Russian ethno-pop band comprising eight elderly women from the village of Buranovo, Udmurtia. Buranovskiye Babushki represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, where they finished second.[1]


Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

The group had previously participated on Russia's Eurovision song selection in 2010 with the song "Dlinnaja-dlinnaja beresta i kak sdelat' iz nee ajšon" ("Very long birch bark and how to turn it into a turban"), where they finished third.[2]

They made another attempt to represent Russia by participating on Russia's Eurovision song selection in 2012 with the song "Party for Everybody" which was sung partially in English. The group eventually won, receiving 38.51 points ahead of Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan who also entered the contest with T.A.T.u. member Yulia Volkova with the song "Back To Her Future" which finished second, receiving 29.25 points. They represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The group finished in 2nd place with 259 points, receiving points from 40 countries out of eligible 41 (excluding Switzerland), and were behind the winning country, Sweden, who scored 372 points.[1][3]

The group say that in 2012 they will use any cash raised to build a church in Buranovo.[1]

Fundraising for church rebuilding[edit]

In 2010, the group started a fund for the rebuilding of Trinity Church in Buranovo and all of the group's income is donated into this fund. The Trinity Church was originally built, of stone, in 1865, but was closed on 19 September 1939 by the Soviet administration and demolished. The present wooden church is in a poor condition.

The brick structure of The Holy Trinity church has been completed. Outside walls are white concrete stucco, and the roof is green metal. The interior is still under construction in early 2014. A stone monument was placed near the church which has a plaque reads (in Russian language): "By the Grace of God and hard labor of the music group Buranovskie Grandmothers, on this place will be built a temple to honor the Holy Trinity. This stone laid Oct 28, 2011."


Buranovskiye Babushki touring in 2011
  • Granya Baysarova (born 1949)[4]
  • Alevtina Bekisheva (born 1958)[4]
  • Zoya Drozdova (born 1940)[4]
  • Galina Koneva (born 1938)[4]
  • Natalia Pugachova (born 1935)[4]
  • Valentina Pyatchenko (born 1937)[4]
  • Ekaterina Shklyaeva (born 1937)[4]
  • Olga Tuktaryova (born 1968)[4]
  • Nikolai Zarbatov (born 1963 or 1964)[4]


  • Elizaveta Zarbatova (1926–2014)[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Granny group to represent Russia". BBC News. 8 March 2012.
  2. ^ Simon Barclay (17 June 2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Simon Barclay. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Grand Final of Baku 2012". Eurovision Song Contest.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Istoriya sozdaniya i biografiya "Buranovskikh babushek"" История создания и биография "Бурановских бабушек" [History of creation and biography of "Buranovsky grandmothers"]. Buranovskiye Babushki.
  5. ^ Adams, William Lee (21 January 2014). "In Memorium: Buranovskiye Babushki Yelizaveta Zarbatova dies". Wiwibloggs.

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Preceded by
Alexey Vorobyov
with "Get You"
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Dina Garipova
with "What If"