The Kazak poet Mukagali Makatayev was commemorated in TURKSOY Headquarters
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his birthday, the Kazak poet Mukagali Makatayev was commemorated in an event held in TURKSOY Headquarters and featuring the presentation of a book of his poems published by TURKSOY and entitled "As the Last Cranes Were Leaving".
The event held in the Headquarters of TURKSOY gathered Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Ankara H. E. Abzal Saparbekuli, the Advisor to the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Erlan Jurinbayev, te President of the Turkish Language Association Prof. Dr. Gürer Gülsevin, the Coordinator of the TRT Avaz Channel Sedat Sağırkaya, the Chairman of the Eurasian Authors' Union Dr. Yakup Ömeroğlu and representatives of embassies of TURKSOY member countries in Ankara along with many guests.
In the opening speech he delivered at the event, Secretary General Kasseinov said that the event aims at the presentation of the book "As the Last Cranes Were Leaving" published by TURKSOY featuring works of the famous Kazak poet Mukagali Makatayev who left undelible traces in Kazak literature and enriched the written literature of the Turkic World with his works. Secretary General Kasseinov who said that with his poems about love, friendship and his unconditional commitment for his country, Makatayev is one of the most important poets of Kazak literature added: "Despite his short life, Makatayev who died at the age of 45 has written many wonderful works and entered the history of Kazak literature as a symbol of maturity despite his young age. Unfortunately the value of his works has only been understood after his passing away. He was a great author and translator whose poems have inspired the composition of many songs. The book published by TURKSOY and prepared by the Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to TURKSOY and People's Poet of of the Kyrgyz Republic Kojogeldi Kultegin in commemoration of the 90th aniversary of the birthday of Mukagali Makatayev features poems by the author who is also known as one of the best poets of his country."
The Advisor to the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Erlan Jurinbayev who also delivered a speech said that despite the many works written about Makatayev, both his life as well as many of his works still remain undiscovered. Mr. Jurinbayev who also stressed the visionary character of Makatayev further added: "Makatayev's works have been translated into Uzbek, Kyrgyz, English, Chinese, Mongolian and German languages amongst others. In addition to these, there are also some thesis as well as nearly 1000 articles which were written on the legacy of the poet." Mr. Jurinbayev stressed that it is therefore a pleasure to see that the poet's works are also being published in various Turkic dialects.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Ankara H. E. Abzal Saparbekuli who said that this year, Turkic Republics have been celebrating the 30th anniversary of their independence and that in 2022 Turkey and Kazakhstan will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic ties added that cultural ties between Kazakhstan and Turkey are evolving in a dynamic manner. Ambassador Saparbekuly further added: "Of course, our leaders and intellectuals play a key role in the development of this cooperation. The Kazak people attach great importance to artists and as an artist of words, Makatayev has a distinctive feature of his own which contributed to the enrichment of Kazak poetry. His talent gave wings to words and inspired the Kazak people as well as its identity while perfectionning its inteligence."
The event went on with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in which protoco members presented the book "As the Last Cranes Were Leaving" all together.
The ceremony was then followed by the panel discussion featuring paper presentations by the editor of the book"As the Last Cranes Were Leaving" and Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to TURKSOY Mr. Kojogeldi Kultegin who is also a People's Poet of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Head of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Province of Almaty in Kazakhstan Marlen Kölebayev, the Chairman of the Eurasian Authors' Union Dr. Yakup Ömeroğlu, the poet and author Kenan Çarboğa and Makatayev's son Culdız Makatayev who gave an insight into the poet's life and work.
The event ended with a reading of poems by Makatayev followed by a concert in which the soloist of the Suyinbay Philharmonic Orchestra of the Province of Almaty, Beybit Musayev, performed songs composed on works by the famous Kazak poet and author Mukagali Makatayev.