50th Anniversary in the Career of the Author and Poet Yahya Akengin

Friday, 01 February 2019

The 50th anniversary of the career of the author and poet Yahya Akengin was celebrated  in the Headquarters of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY.

The event whit took place in TURKSOY Headquarters on March 31st, 2019 gathered TURKSOY Secretary General Prof. Dusen Kasseinov, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Ankara, H. E. Abzal Saparbekuly, the former Minister of Culture of the Republic of Turkey Namık Kemal Zeybek and the Chairman of the Foundation of Authors and Artists of the Turkic World (TURKSAV) Yahya Akengin along with artists, authors, journalists and amateurs of art.

In the opening speech he delivered at the event, Prof. Dusen Kasseinov stressed that this gathering is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the career of Mr. Yahya Akengin and said: "We will do our best to promote Mr. Akengin’s work and literary style. Let me first of all wish a happy birthday and best of health for many years ahead to Mr. Akengin. I would like to express my gratitude to him for his unique contribution to Turkic culture through his work as an author and leader of çivil society. Mr. Yahya Akengin has been working in the field of literature and poetry for more than 50 years and produced precious works of exceptional quality.”

Ambassador Abzal Saparbekuly who also delivered a speech at the event said  that with his commitment to Turkic World art anc culture, the author and poet Yahya Akengin  has also made a strong contribution to ties of brotherhood between Kazakhstan and Turkey. Ambassador Saparbekuly further said that the literature of the Turkic World is particularly rich and colourful and expressed his gratitude  to Yahya Akengin for his contribution to the rapprochement of Kazak and Turkic peoples through his poetry. Ambassador Saparbekuly also added: “Mr. Akengin has not only served Turkish literature but also contributed to Kazak literature as he played a key role in the promotion of  Kazak litareture and its legendary authors such as Muhtar Shahanov, Oljas Suleymenov and Nurlan Orazalin in the Turkic World." 

Mr. Namık Kemal Zeybek who also said a few words at the event stressed that  TURKSOY is further carrying out its successful activities to promote artists and intellectuals of the Turkic World on a global scale. Mr. Zeybek added that he read all works written by Akengin and said that “Mr. Akengin’s novels are like poems and his poems are like novels.”

Mr. Zeybek who also stressed that the author’s works are a precious literary heritage for future generations also touched upon one of his works qualifying it with the following words: "The man who transforms old sandals  into literature."

In the speech he delivered at the event dedicated to the 50th anniversary of his career, Mr. Yahya Akengin said that he had a roadmap when he began his journey through the mazes of literature and added:  "An artist should never say he has reached the highest point of his career and accomplishment. Indeed, one should always have higher goals in mind and always be determined to reach them. To reach universality one must claim ownership of one’s national characteristics, history, culture  and traditions first. Of course, there is universal culture and universal literature, but it can both only be reached  through originality and faithfulness to one’s own cultural roots. This is our philosophy and I consider myself as someone who is still in the beginnings of his work."

The event also featured paper presentations by  the poet and author Abdullah Satoğlu and Prof. Dr. Gıyasettin Aytaş  from the Section of Turkish Language of the  Faculty of Pedagogical Sciences of the Gazi University who both touched upon the life and work of Mr. Akengin as a poet and author. 

Following the speeches,  TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov extended the Medal of Chingis Aitmatov dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birthday of Chingis Aitmatov  to Mr. Akengin and offered him a “Chapan”, the traditional garment of Kazakhstan.

The event went on with the award ceremony of certificates and plaquettes for participants  and ended with a group photograph as a remembrance of the day.