The famous Polish newspaper “Tribune” published an interview with the chairman of the International Foundation for Turkish Culture and Heritage Gunay Afandiyeva, devoted to the 880th birthday of the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi.
Responding to questions about the role of Nizami Ganjavi’s literary heritage in Azerbaijani and world literature, Gunay Afandiyeva stressed the importance of popularizing the poet’s creativity to the world.
Describing Nizami Ganjavi as one of the peaks of Azerbaijani, Turkish and world literature in general, the president of the Foundation stressed that despite the past centuries, the poet’s creativity remains relevant. Gunay Afandiyeva noted that Nizami Ganjavi, who lived and worked in one of the ancient cultural centers of Azerbaijan – Ganja, is the author of world-class books. Emphasizing that the creativity of the grandmaster of the whole Turkish world, as well as the creativity of Homer, Ferdowsi, Dante, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Goethe, Tolstoy is not limited to national borders, the president of the Foundation noted that poetry de Nizami is rich in multicultural human ideas. The president of the Foundation drew attention to the fact that the poet, creating images of representatives of various people in his works, forms a set of values ââthat echo our times. Gunay Afandiyeva underlined that the announcement by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev of 2021 as âYear of Nizamiâ is a high evaluation given to the literature and culture of the whole Turkish world.
Gunay Afandiyeva noted that a number of events were organized by the International Foundation for Turkish Culture and Heritage within the framework of the “Year of Nizami”: books of the poet also suitable for children in various languages have been published; literary and artistic evenings were organized in Azerbaijan and Turkey, where musical works written on poems of the poet were performed by the chamber orchestra âDada Gorgudâ created under the auspices of the Foundation, as well as a book prepared in Polish consisting of samples of Nizami’s poetry was published in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Poland and the (ceremonial) birthday of the great thinker was held.