A nation is known, recognized and distinguished among the world nations by certain characteristic features. The highest and the greatest of these features is culture.


People's artist, master of mugham Arif Babayev celebrates his 85th birthday

The Ministry of Culture organized an evening on February 20 to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the remarkable singer, professor, and holder of Shohrat, Istiglal, and Sharaf Orders, Arif Babayev at the Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic named after Muslim Magomayev. The event was attended by well-known figures of culture and art, music- lovers, and other guests.

Before the concert, the renowned singer gave an interview to journalists, expressed his gratitude to the country's leadership for their attention and care towards his art, and thanked the organizers and participants of the jubilee night.

During the event, a letter of congratulations was read out to the jubilarian on behalf of the staff of the Ministry of Culture. The letter emphasized Arif Babayev's remarkable contributions to Azerbaijani mugham art and folk music through his distinctive performances and activity as an experienced educator, following the footsteps of the masters of the Karabakh mugham school of rich traditions for many years. It was stated that the memorable characters created by the singer in mugham operas are bright pages in the history of Azerbaijani art.

On the anniversary night, it was noted that Arif Babayev gained fame as a skilled mugham performer not only in Azerbaijan but in the entire Muslim East and the Turkic world. The mughams "Shur", "Rast", "Bayati-Shiraz", "Chahargah", "Mirza Huseyn segah", "Zabul segah", and "Segah", as well as folk songs, tasnifs, and composer's songs performed by Arif Babayev have contributed to the treasury of our musical culture. Moreover, he is renowned as one of the most skilled performers of the roles of Majnun and Karam in the operas "Leyli and Majnun", "Asli and Karam", Garib in "Ashig Gharib", Shah Ismail in "Shah Ismail", and Jamal in "Bride's Rock" in different periods.

It was noted that Arif Babayev's mugham performances have been loved and cherished across generations. Among the Azerbaijani mugham singers, Arif Babayev was the first to be awarded the academic title of professor. He is currently the head of the Mugham Department at the Azerbaijan National Conservatory. His students successfully promote our mugham both in the country and abroad.
Later, he was welcomed on stage amidst thunderous applause from the audience. People's artists Mansum Ibrahimov, Zabit Nabizadeh, Nazakat Teymurova, Aygun Bayramova, Honored artists Jabir Abdullayev, Tayyar Bayramov, Firuz Sakhavat, Zakir Aliyev, Gulustan Aliyeva, Beyimkhanim Valiyeva, Sabuhi Ibayev, Elnur Zeynalov, Sevinj Sariyeva, Honored artist Agil Malikov, Honored teacher Gazanfar Abbasov, singers Aytan Maharramova, Vugar Aliyev, Huseyn Malikov, Miralam Miralamov, Ravana Amiraslanli, Gunay Imamguliyeva, Khayal Huseynov, and Orkhan Huseynli performed pieces from the master singer's repertoire.

The repertoire of the program consisted of various musical compositions, including tasnifs such as "I am happy" by B. Karimov, "Come my tar-kaman", "Let me sacrifice", and "Mahur" by A. Babayev, the folk song "Come," an excerpt from U. Hajibeyli's opera "Leyli and Majnun", "When I am gone" by N. Mammadov, "Beloved" by Sh. Akhundova, "I'm so bound" by R. Mustafayev, " Karabakh Shikastasi" and other musical compositions.

The performers were accompanied by People's Artists Firuz Aliyev, Elchin Hashimov, Elshan Mansurov, Honored Artists Rauf Islamov, Ismayil Hamidov, Khayyam Mammadov, Elnur Ahmadov, Alakbar Alakbarov, Aliagha Sadiyev, as well as Elman Sadigov, Rashad Ibrahimov, Altay Niftaliyev, and Tabriz Yusubov.


28.02.2024 18:01
“Hello, Novruz!” 28 February – 15 April
05.02.2024 13:57
Exhibition Motherland of Mine is held at the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum
23.01.2024 08:46
Meeting Held to Discuss the Activities of Theater, Performance, and Concert Institutions
22.01.2024 08:45
Ministry of Culture Establishes Expert Council to Evaluate Annual Repertoires and State-Ordered Performances in Theater and Performance Institutions
09.01.2024 15:13
The Appeals Commission Holds the First Meeting Regarding the Results of the ARKA Film Project Competition
09.01.2024 11:30
Meeting of Appeals Commission Reaches Conclusion
08.01.2024 18:32
Honored artist Aygun Baylar sent off on her last journey
25.12.2023 17:53
The Results of the Publication Procurement Competition determined
22.12.2023 11:48
OIC Delegation Visits the Ministry of Culture
22.12.2023 11:30
"e-Culture" Digital Development Strategy (2024-2026) of the Ministry of Culture Gets the Green Light
20.12.2023 13:08
A Comprehensive Overview of the First Cultural Heritage Forum in Azerbaijan
19.12.2023 18:04
The Cultural Heritage Forum ended
19.12.2023 14:46
The 5th panel is devoted to the topic "Protection of the historical, cultural, and natural heritage of Azerbaijan in the post-conflict period"
19.12.2023 14:41
The next panel of the forum: Research and protection of the immovable historical and cultural heritage of Azerbaijan
19.12.2023 09:48
A discussion was held on "Movable cultural heritage in Azerbaijan. Museum work and modern challenges" at the forum
18.12.2023 17:14
A discussion was held on "Protection of intangible cultural heritage and modern challenges"
18.12.2023 15:29
"Fine art and contemporary challenges" - the first panel discussion of the Cultural Heritage Forum
18.12.2023 14:22
The Cultural Heritage Forum is being held for the first time in our country
06.12.2023 14:43
Four  more elements related to the intangible cultural heritage of Azerbaijan included in the UNESCO list
06.12.2023 13:24
An individual exhibition called "Dialogue with Time" will be opened
05.12.2023 09:43
The Days of Kazakh Culture ended with an exhibition and a gala-concert
04.12.2023 12:55
   Minister of Culture met his Kazakhstani counterpart
04.12.2023 10:23
The Humor Festival of the Turkic World was held
01.12.2023 14:15
Summary of the Culture and Creative Industries Forum
30.11.2023 18:01
"Perspectives of Cooperation in the Field of Humor of the Turkiс World" - round table within the framework of "Creative Week"
30.11.2023 16:17
An event dedicated to the music industry of Azerbaijan was held as part of the “Creative Week”
30.11.2023 14:27
The Cultural and Creative Industries Forum concluded