Day of Poets marked in Azerbaijan
By Laman Ismayilova
The International Mugham Center in Baku hosted a literary-musical evening dedicated to the Day of Poets, Trend Life reported.
The event was organized by the Union of Azerbaijani Writers, Association of young poets with the support of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, Turkish Embassy in Azerbaijan, Professional Organization of Authors of Scientific and Literary Works (İLESAM) and the World Association of Young Turkic Writers.
This year the event was dedicated to the famous writer-playwright, screenwriter, honored art worker of Azerbaijan, people's poet, holder of the order "Shohrat", "Sharaf" and "Istiglal", Vagif Samadoglu.
The event was attended by prominent public figures, guests from Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Ukraine, Iran, Russia, USA and Israel.
The ceremony began with presentation of book "Vagif Samadoglu. Poems from the chest" published in the framework of the project "AYBkitab".
Speaking about the publication, Spokesman for Azerbaijan Writers Union Khayal Rza noted that the book includes previously unreleased poems by the author.
The compiler and editor of the book Nushaba Babayeva-Vakilova spoke in detail about the book and its content.
Then the guests were shown a documentary about the life and creativity of national poet.
Following this, Khayal Rza informed the audience that the Day is marked on June 5 - the birthday of another outstanding Azerbaijani poet Mikayil Mushfig.
People's poet Nariman Hasanzade, the general director of Professional Organization of Authors of Scientific and Literary Works (İLESAM) and other speakers stressed the importance of holding the Day of Poets.
This year's awards named after Mikail Mushfig were given to Nariman Hasanzade, Mehmet Nuri Parmaksiz, Rashid Fahrali, Ariel Gutu (Israel), Robert Evdaev (USA) and others.
Vagif Samadoglu is prominent Azerbaijani poet, writer, playwright. He is the son of national poet Samad Vurgun.
The first literary collection of poet was published in the early 1960s. In 2000-2005 he was elected a Deputy of Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani Parliament).
Currently, V. Samadoglu is a member of the Pardon Commission and the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation to PACE
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