Inauguration of the statue and park of the Balkar poet Kaisyn Kuliev in Keçiören
In cooperation of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY with the Municipality of Keçiören a bust of the great author of the Turkic World from Kabardino Balkaria Kaisyn Kuliev and a park named after him were inaugurated in Ankara.
The inuagural ceremony gathered TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov, the Mayor of Keçiören Turgut Altınok, the MP from Gagauzia (Moldova) Ivana Köksal, the Ambassador of Bosnia Herzegovina to Ankara H. E. Bakir Sadovich, the Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Ankara Kubanyehbek Omuraliyev, the District Governor of Keçiören Uğur Bulut, TURKSOY Deputy Secretary General Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çakıcı, Kaisyn Kuliev’s son Azamat Kuliev, the District Head of the AK Party in Keçiören Zafer Çoktan, the District Head of the MHP party in Keçiören Alparslan Doğan, the District Director of National Education in Keçiören Ayhan Işık, the sculptor who made the bust Levan Ahmatov, the President of the Lermantov Foundation Askar Doduyev, the former Chairman of the Authors’ Union of Tatarstan Rafis Gurbanov and the People’s Poet of Kyrgyzstan Kojogeldi Kuluyev along with representatives of diplomatic missions in Ankara, authors, artists and many guests.
In the speech he delivered at the ceremony, the Mayor of Keçiören Mr. Altınok expressed his happiness to immortalize the name of this great author from Kabardino Balkaria in Keçiören and said: “There are people who make history and people who write history. We are trying our best to pay tribute to those who make history. This is why we are happy to immortalize the name of the great poet and author of the Turkic World Kaisyn Kuliev here in Keçiören. Nations preserve and pursue their existence with their language and the preservation thereof, as well as with their culture, history, art and literature. As a poet and author, Kaisyn Kuliev has made a great contribution to the preservation and evolution of Turkish language. When the Russians expelled the Balkar people out of Kyrgyzstan and told him to stay, his answer was “Where my nation is not, I do not stay”. This is really a very precious statement. So we are really happy to be able to pay tribute to such a brave patriot and great author of the Turkic World”.
TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov who also delivered a speech at the ceremony stressed that since its establishment, TURKSOY has been and is carrying out many actvities to preserve the culture of rather small Turkic communities and pay tribute to those from these communities who entered history with their work and added: “Upon decision of the Municipal Council of Keçiören, we are going to immortalize the name of this great Balkar poet with this park and büst. Let me therefore extend my sincere gratitude to the Mayor of Keçiören, our dear friend of the Turkic World Mr. Turgut Altınok and members of the Municipal Council of Keçiören. It is a great pleasure for me to add yet another achievement to our fruitful cooperation with the Municipality of Keçiören which dates back to many years now thanks to its commitment to the Turkic World.”
The former President of the Lermantov Foundation Askar Dudayev also expressed his happiness as to the inauguration of this park and bust in Turkey, immortalizing Kaisyn Kuliev the common poet of the Turkic World whose poems are read and appreciated by various nations, and whose meaningful words are being refered to by presidents of various republics in their speeches.
The former Chairman of the Authors’ Union of Tatarstan Rafis Gurbanov who also delivered a speech at the ceremony said that the union has been working to promote the legacy of Kaisyn Kuliev throughout te Turkic World for many years and stressed that his poems were translated into Tatar Turkic language and published, adding: “We are proud of Kaisyn Kuliev is one of the great poets of the world”. Mr. Gurbanov concluded his speech with a poem by Kuliev which he read in Tatar language.
The People’s Poet of Kyrgyzstan Kojogeldi Kuluyev said that he considers Kuliev who wrote poems af of the age of 10 and lived in Kyrgyzstan for more than 10 years as his brother and that he has been translating his poems into Kyrgyz language for 20 years. Kuluyev also read Kuliev’s poem “God’s Sword” in Kyrgyz language.
The opening speeches were followed by a short concert featuring soloists Erlan Zhandarbay, Uralıkhan Seilbekova and Korkem Sholoshova accompanied by the Nur-Sultan Orchestra of Traditional Instruments of Kazakhstan.
At the end of the concert featuring songs performed in Kazak and Turkish languages by soloists of the Turkic World accompanied by the Nur-Sultan Orchestra of Traditional Instruments, protocol members went on with the inauguration of the bust of Kasyn Kuliev.