The National Library presents books on Khurshidbanu Natavan [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismayilova

The National Library of Azerbaijan has launched an exhibition dedicated to the 190th birthday of Khurshidbanu Natavan, a great poetess and the daughter of Mehdi Gulu Khan, the last ruler of the Karabakh Khanate, reports Azernews via Azertac.

Mustafa Chemenli’s book “Neychun Gelmez” and Beylar Mammadov’s book “Khurshidbanu Natavan” published by Tahsil publishing house were presented within the framework of the event co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and the National Library .

The director of the National Library, Karim Tahirov, spoke about the rich artistic work of the 19th-century poetess. Even during his lifetime, his poems were very popular and circulated in manuscript form.

In his speech, Karim Tahirov referred to Azerbaijan’s victory in the Second Karabakh War.

“Thanks to the bravery of the Azerbaijani Army, under the leadership of the victorious Commander-in-Chief, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who liberated our lands from occupation during the 44-day Patriotic War, our dream has come true,” said Karim Tahirov.

He noted that the anniversary events will last for the whole year, covering Shusha, Aghdam and other districts.

Speaking at the event, the head of the Department of Book Circulation and Work with Publishing Houses, Doctor of Philosophy in History Akif Marifli, noted that Khurshidbanu Natavan is a role model for an Azerbaijani woman in the both in social activities and literary creativity.

Akif Marifli informed the attendees of the event that the poetess’ 190th birthday will be celebrated in Shusha and other parts of the country in September.

He also reported on the restoration of the Majlisi-uns (literary gathering in Shusha) and noted that a lot of work is being done to study Khurshidbanu Natavan’s life path and creativity.

Director General of the Institute of Manuscripts Academician Teymur Karimli noted that Natavan, who is one of the greatest representatives of the Fuzuli literary school, played an important role in the development of the Azerbaijani language in Nineteenth century.

Holding the 190th anniversary of the poetess at the state level indicates that the people of Azerbaijan attach great importance to her literature, art and outstanding personalities. The academician expressed his gratitude to the president for the high appreciation given to these great personalities.

Head of the Department of the Institute of Literature, Doctor of Philology, Professor Islam Qaribli noted that the work of Khurshidbanu Natavan has always been in the spotlight.

He pointed out that tezkire (a form of bibliographical dictionary) were written on the 20 ghazals of Khurshidbanu Natavan and such outstanding writers as Qasim bay Zakir, Mirza Fatali Akhundzada, Mir Mohsun Navvab and others wrote nazire (poem written by another poet in the same form). in their works, testifies to the high authority of the poetess. In conclusion, Islam Gharibli announced the forthcoming publication of a monograph on Khurshidbanu Natavan.

Senior researcher at the Institute of Manuscripts named after Muhammad Fuzuli, Doctor of Philology, Professor Ragib Karimov said that Khurshidbanu Natavan was a person of brilliant talent and committed to advanced ideas, occupying a worthy place in the history of literature Azerbaijani.

Most of his poems written in the 50s of the 19th century under the pseudonym “Khurshid”, have been lost, and only a small part of them has survived to this day. In 1870, the poetess began to write ghazals with a deep meaning under the pseudonym “Natavan”.

The literary majlis headed by her gathered the main representatives of the intelligentsia of the time and had a strong influence on the development of the literary environment of Karabakh.

Director of the publishing house Tahsil Tural Akhundov noted that the publication of two books on Khurshidbanu Natavan is a great contribution to the celebration of the 190th anniversary of the poet’s birth.

Adiba Ismayilova, deputy director of the National Library, doctor of philosophy of history, gave detailed information about the electronic information base “Khurshidbanu Natavan, the daughter of Khan – an outstanding representative of artistic thought of Azerbaijan “.

She said that the electronic information base consists of the sections “Attention of President Ilham Aliyev to the perpetuation of the memory of the daughter of the Khan”, “Main dates of life and work”, “Outstanding personalities on Khurshidbanu Natavan “, “Works”, “Filmography”, “Video gallery” and “Photo gallery”.

In conclusion, the participants of the event got acquainted with the exhibition “Khurshidbanu Natavan-190”.

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