Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay sent Saturday to his Azerbaijani counterpart Abulfaz Garayev a message of condolence over poet Bahtiyar Vahabzade's death on Friday.
In his message sent to Garayev, Gunay said that he had been deeply saddened over the demise of poet Vahabzade.
People's poet Bahtiyar Vahabzade was born on August 16, 1925 in Sheki.
His works - lyrical poems, dramas and publications were translated into many languages worldwide.
The creative way of the poet began from the time of the Great Patriotic war.
He became a member of Union of Writers of Azerbaijan in 1945. Over 40 years he taught at Baku State University with his creative work.
He became a correspondent member of Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan in 1980.
Azerbaijani literature became estranged from Communist ideology in 1960. National spirit was demonstrated in works of literary figures though all these works were away from policy.
Only Bahtiyar Vahabzade managed to issue dissident work ? Gulustan poem reflecting fate of Azerbaijani people, whose lands were divided between Russia and Iran early 19th century into North and South Azerbaijan.
Bahtiyar Vahabzade was persecuted by Soviet authorities for this poem.
Over 70 written collections, 20 poems, 2 monographs, 11 scientific work and hundreds of articles brought honor and respect to people?s poet. Performances were staged in the theatres and films were taken on his work. He was elected MP to the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan People?s MPs five times.
Bahtiyar Vahabzade was a doctor of philological sciences, professor, real member of Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani people?s poet, laureate of USSR state premium. He was awarded with high state Independence Order.
Earlier on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also issued a message of condolence over Vahabzade's death.
"Vahabzade will live on forever with his literary works and services to the Turkish language," Erdogan said in his message.
Also, Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan, Turkish State Minister Said Yazicioglu and National Education Minister Huseyin Celik released messages of condolence.
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