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The essentials of the Vagif Poetry Days in Shusha [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismayilova

Molla Panah Vagif entered the history of Azerbaijan as an eminent statesman and talented poet, as a saying goes, “not every literate person can be Vagif”.

As vizier, he did a lot for the prosperity and political growth of the Karabakh Khanate. He played an important role in the defense of Shusha during the incursions of the Aga Muhammad Shah Qajar of Persia in 1795 and 1797.

Being the founder of the realistic genre in Azerbaijani literature, he wrote a myriad of poems. His verses were first collected in 1856 and published by Mirza Yusif Nersesov.

Soon after, his verses were published by Adolf Berge in Leipzig in 1867 with the help of Azerbaijani playwright Mirza Fatali Akhundov.

The mausoleum on the grave of the Azerbaijani poet and statesman was built on the instructions of national leader Heydar Aliyev in 1982.

It was built by sculptor A. Mustafayev based on the design of a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Abdulvahab Salamzada, and the famous architect EI Kanukov. The design of the mausoleum followed the pattern of the architectural compositions of Azerbaijani mausoleums such as the Nizami Mausoleum in Ganja. It culminates at 18 meters in height.

The lower part of the monument was built with slabs of reddish Karabakh marble and white and gray marble.

Aluminum was used for the decoration pattern along the entire length of the mausoleum. The poet’s name was engraved above the front door.

The monument was heavily damaged as a result of the Armenian occupation. The Molla Panah Vagif mausoleum in Shusha was restored last year on the instructions of the president.

In 2021, Vagif Poetry Days was held for the first time in Shusha since the city was liberated.

Like last year, the Vagif Poetry Days were marked by spectacular concerts, book exhibitions and of course beautiful poetry that touches all the chords of the soul. Here are some of the best highlights from Vagif Poetry Days.

Shusha, the cradle of Azerbaijani culture, once again welcomed the guests of the Vagif Poetry Days.

The most anticipated cultural event took place for the second time in Azerbaijan’s cultural capital since Shusha was liberated from Armenian occupation.

Vagif Poetry Days was a joint project co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and the Union of Azerbaijani Writers to honor both the eminent statesman and poet.

Azernews is pleased to bring you some of the best highlights from Vagif Poetry Days 2022.

Book exhibition

The Vagif Poetry Days began with a book exhibition. The list of books presented within the framework of the event included “Karabakh Saga, Thirty Years of Longing – Victory of 44 Days” prepared by the Union of Azerbaijani Writers, “All Roads Lead to Shusha…” as well as publications devoted to Azerbaijan Victory in Patriotic War.

The book “The Karabakh saga, thirty years of nostalgia – 44-day victory” contains memories of Karabakh writers released on their region. For example, Elchin Afandiyev wrote about Shusha, Ramiz Rovshan shared his thoughts about Gubadli.

The project brought together famous writers like Seyran Sakhavat (Fuzuli), Elchin Huseynbayli (Jabrayil) and Agil Abbas (Aghdam) who also shared their memories and thoughts on the regions of the country.

The book includes beautiful poems inspired by Karabakh and articles by publicists about the Kharibulbul festival. The author and editor of the book’s preface is Rashad Majid.

Touching mugham music

The Vagif Poetry Days continued in front of the poet’s museum-mausoleum in Shusha,

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Azerbaijani Writers’ Union, People’s Writer Anar, highlighted the events held in Liberated Shusha and spoke about the stages of the creative journey of the genius poet Molla Panah Vagif, as well as reading his poems.

Popular writer Chingiz Abdullayev recalled his childhood memories associated with Shusha.

“The people of Azerbaijan have been looking forward to this day for many years. Many of our servicemen gave their lives for the liberation of Karabakh with faith in the country and its president. It is thanks to them that we are gathered here today “, he added.

During the composition “Igidlarin sozu” (Promise of the Brave), poets-participants of the Second Karabakh War gave speeches under mugham music.

Spectacular musical game

A spectacular piece of music was presented at the plain of Jidir as part of the Vagif Poetry Days in Shusha.

The images of prominent Azerbaijani writers such as Fuzuli, Khagani, Khurshidbanu Natavan, Imadedin Nasimi, Mahsati Ganjavi, Mir Mohsun Navvab, Molla Panah Vagif, Molla Vali Vidadi, Nizami Ganjavi, Shah Ismail Khatai were embodied in the concert-play “Echo of the Age”.

Popular artists Gulyanag Mammadova, Gyulyaz Mammadova, Samir Jafarov, honored artists Fargana Gasimova, Gochag Askerov, Nuria Huseynova and other artists performed in the musical play.

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