Saturday, February 12, 2011

Treasures of Azerbaijan - Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Arshin Mal Alan, Marionette Theatre...

Today again I am writing one of those posts when I want to mention names and facts too grand for any post.

Let me start from remembering one of the most distinct talents of Azerbaijan, composer, conductor, publicist, playwright, teacher, translator and social figure, Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885 – 1948). To name only few achievements Uzeyir Hajibeyov is known as first Muslim author of an opera, composer of the music for the national anthem of Azerbaijan and composer of 7 operas and 3 musical comedies.

Today I want to mention one of musical comedies of Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Arshin Mal Alan ("The Cloth Peddler"). In 2013 Azerbaijan will celebrate 100th anniversary of this beloved comedy. Just like with many other things in life for those who are not aware of history, culture and traditions of Azerbaijan it could be difficult to understand and appreciate the comedy. Music of course is something that doesn’t need to be explained or understood but insight into Azeri culture and history would definitely help in enjoying this operetta to the fullest. Here is the link with its short description.

I am lucky to meet many interesting people on my path. One of them is the founder of Azerbaijan marionette theater, Tarlan Qorchu whose theatre staged Arshin Mal Alan. Beautiful perfectly done marionettes and 13 actors behind the scene and gorgeous music performed by talented artists result in unforgettable performance. This effect is strengthened by miniature stage and the way the viewers are placed. Kids sit on eastern carpets in front of the stage and adults at the back. Atmosphere is magnificent. Theatre often travels and represents Azerbaijan culture abroad and occasionally brings joy to local fans.

Performance and should I say experience, Arshin Mal Alan inspired me to write this post. Lower are some photos that will tell you a bit more. Definitely another must see!

photo taken on sitting on the carpet waiting for sweeten the expectation personnel surprised each with a were extremely happy :)

photos lower are courtesy of İÇƏRİ ŞƏHƏR - LIVING HISTORY.

decoration inspired by Sheki Khan Palace? :)

national trio...

there is even a fountain...

actors behind the scene...


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