By Laman Ismayilova
A scientific and practical musicology conference on the theme "Image and Poetry of Nasimi in the works of Azerbaijani composers" has opened at the Azerbaijan Composers' Union.
The event is timed to the 650th anniversary of the great Azerbaijani poet Imadaddin Nasimi, Trend Life reported.
In her speech, Chairman of Composers' Union Firangiz Alizade stressed that the Year of Nasimi held in Azerbaijan caused a new wave of interest in the personality of the great poet of the East, prompting further in-depth study of his invaluable creative heritage.
Noting the significance and place of Nasimi’s poetry in Azerbaijani music, she also spoke about her works embodying the image and poetry of the great thinker and philosopher.
The guests were presented musical numbers for Nasimi’s words - Tofig Guliyev’s song from the "Nasimi" movie and Emin Sabitoglu’s "Eyledi" romance performed by the honored artist of Azerbaijan Gulustan Aliyeva. The musician was accompanied by Naiba Shakhmamadova (piano).
Also, presentations were made by Ph.D. in philosophy of art history Jamila Hasanova, Secretary of the Composers' Union Aliya Mammadova, and PhDs in art history Zemfira Abdullayeva and Imruz Efendiyeva.
Honored Worker of Culture, Ph.D. in philosophy in art studies Saadat Takhmirazqizi, Honored Art Worker, professor Hajar Babayeva, Ph.D. in philosophy in art criticism Leyla Guliyeva, etc. made presentations on April 19.
Moreover, video fragments of orchestral compositions by Azerbaijani composers related to the heritage of the great Nasimi were shown at the event.
Seyyid Imadeddin Nasimi was a great Azerbaijani poet and eminent figure in the poetry and philosophical thought of the Orient. He was the founder of the school of philosophical poetry in the Azerbaijani language.
Known mostly by his pen name Nasimi, he created a number of works in Azerbaijani, Persian and Arabic. His poetry is rooted in the social, political and cultural development of the countries of the Near and Middle East, and especially of his homeland, Azerbaijan.
Having thought his life, the poet wrote about 300 poems, including ghazals, gasidas ("lyrics"), and rubais ("quatrains"). Nasimi's Turkic Divan is considered his most important work, which contains 250-300 ghazals and more than 150 rubais.
After his death, Nasimi's works continued to exercise a great influence on many Turkic language poets such as Fuzuli (1483–1556) and Khatai (1487–1524).
The first ever Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts, and Spirituality was held in Azerbaijan last year. The event was co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture. The festival was held under the slogans "Beyond the Limited Self", reflecting the philosophical views of the poet, and "I am a Particle, I am the Sun", which are the poet’s lines.
Exhibitions, installations, video projections, fashion show, concerts were organized as part of the festival. The project was implemented on an international scale with the participation of world-famous singers, philosophers, scientists, who write about spirituality in modern society, as well as professionals, amateurs in this field and young people.
Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality was also held in Russia. The festival named after one of the brilliant poets and thinkers of the East took place at the Moscow State University and the Institute of Asian and African Studies. Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony. The event was supported by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia.
A scientific-practical conference on "Nasimi's spiritual heritage in the historical and cultural context of the Middle Ages in the East" was held within the festival. Influence of Islamic mysticism on the formation of the humanist outlook of the poet, the literary-philosophical heritage of Nasimi and other topics were discussed at the conference.
Taking into account the 650th anniversary of the great Azerbaijani poet, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev declared 2019 as a Year of Nasimi in the country as he chaired the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the results of socioeconomic development of 2018 and objectives for the future.
Notably, TURKSOY Permanent Council of Culture Ministers proclaimed 2019 as the year of the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadeddin Nasimi, as well as of the great Turkish poet Asik Veysel. The decision was adopted at the council's 36th meeting held in Kastamonu, Turkey.
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