A reader writes:
Can you tell what language the man is singing in during the opening credits?
This is the 1966 Soviet movie Aladdin’s Magic Lamp. I am guessing that the language is supposed to be Arabic, but somehow it doesn’t quite sound like it. Also, I can’t think of many Arabic speakers in the USSR. In the movie, most of the “eastern” looking actors were Georgians. Could the language be some kind of Georgian or Caucasus language?
I didn’t know the answer, so I turn it over to the Varied Reader. Anybody recognize it?