The first stage of the AKYN project includes 6 performances by 2 manaschis, Taalantally Bakchiev and Dolot Sydyrbekov. They were recorded on 3 occasions each, narrating the birth of Manas.
The research found that the content of these 6 performances differ not only between manaschis, but also between narrations. Specifically, the differences are in content, style, phrasing, and narrative focus. This highlights the fact that the Manas epos is not a fixed text but fluid.