Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan to hold cross-culture days

The book fund of the National Center of Manuscripts and Rare Books has been enriched by a unique collection of poems by the prominent representative of Turkmen culture Makhtumkuli Fragi, translated into Kazakh by the local poet Duissenbek Kanatbayev. A solemn event dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Turkmen philosopher, which has been included in UNESCO observances for 2024-2025, took place in Astana. It was attended by representatives of the capital’s intellectuals, students, as well as heads of diplomatic missions from Central Asian countries, Azerbaijan and Spain. According to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan Batyr Rejepov, Makhtumkuli Fragi’s anniversary is celebrated under the UNESCO auspices on a global scale. Thus, in Astana this summer, the unveiling of a monument to the poet is planned as part of the Days of Turkmen Culture in Kazakhstan. In turn, a monument to Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbaiuly will be erected in Ashgabat during the Days of Kazakh Culture, which are expected to be held in Turkmenistan in October. Also, an art exhibition, Days of Kazakh Cinema, and a concert program featuring domestic artists and creative groups are slated to be presented in the capital of Turkmenistan.

“Work is currently underway to organize large-scale events in the country. Among them is a ministerial conference with the involvement of all Ministers of Culture in May, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Makhtumkuli Fragi, as well as other high-level events. Our peoples are similar in culture. Makhtumkuli Fragi is a great Turkmen poet and Abai Kunanbaiuly is a great Kazakh poet,” said Turkmen Ambassador Batyr Rejepov.

“Kazakh-Turkmen cultural ties have a very deep and rich history, and the great poet and thinker Makhtumkuli Fragi occupies a significant place in it. His poems had a tremendous influence on many Kazakh, Karakalpak and Uzbek poets of that time period. Makhtumkuli studied in Bukhara, Khiva, in the famous Shergazy and Kukeldash madrasahs, where the philosophers and poets of that time were educated. Everyone knew Makhtumkuli’s works and learned from him. In addition, some Kazakhs still consider him to be a Kazakh poet,” said Amantai Sharip, professor of the Department of Turkology at Gumilyov Eurasian National University.