We are proud to present you this issue, the first for 2012, describing some of the famous people of Central Asia - some from Central Asia itself, others strongly connected with Central Asia. Not all, of course, are famous throughout the world, but many are well-known internationally in their particular fields. The history of Central Asia is reflected in the articles about the travels of Marco Polo in the 13th Century, of Chokan Valikhanov (a writer of great style) and Nikolay Przhevalsky in the 19th Century, and the archaeological research of Alkey Margulan in the 20th Century. Other figures reflecting the varied history of Central Asia are Mahmut Kashgari, academic and lexicographer of the 11th Century, Kurmandjan Datka, stateswoman of the 19th Century and Mikhail Frunze, Red Army general, The arts play a prominent role in the lives of the people of Central Asia. Music and oral recitation and applied arts were one of the main ways of preserving the history of nomadic culture. The artists described in this issue reflect the wide variety of talent in the 20th Century - musicians such as Isa Baizakov (composer and poet) and Chary Nurymov (composer), writers such Chingiz Aitmatov (fiction and poetry) and, right up to the modern day, with the Kharitonovs, masters of applied arts and Sevara Nazarkhan developing her distinctive style of music. Art in the 20th Century was strongly affected by Soviet policy and is highlighted by the dreadful fate of the playwright, Huseyn Javid, and the successful collection of forbidden Russian and Central Asian paintings by Igor Savitsky, as well as folk art of Central Asia, all now preserved in a museum in Nukus, Uzbekistan. Silk Road Media is expanding its coverage of countries outside, but linked closely to the countries of Central Asia and already includes articles on Azerbaijan. So, future issues of Discovery Central Asian Magazine may start to cover Mongolia.