Events dedicated to 120th anniversary of prominent Crimean Tatar poet and scholar- turkologist Bekir Choban-zade took place at the Crimean Academic Ukrainian Musical Theater.

To honor the memory of Bekir Choban-zade, the theater brought together representatives of Crimean authorities and the public. Besides, the event was attended by foreign guests, namely the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Ukraine Eynulla Madatli.

An exhibition dedicated to life and work of Bekir Choban-zade was presented at the theater, displaying materials from the State Archive of Crimea and manuscripts of Bekir Choban-zade’s sister Zuleykha. An exhibition also featured photo-documentary materials from the collection of the famous journalist Pevat Zeti and works of contemporary Crimean Tatar painters dedicated to Choban-zade.

All photos and documents presented to visitors of the exhibition, depicted life and work of the poet at different stages.

In the framework of the celebration, a concert took place with participation of Crimean Tatar singers, musicians and dancers.

Note: An outstanding scholar turkologist Bekir Choban-zade (1893-1937) made an invaluable contribution not only to the Crimean Tatar language and literature, but also to the development of linguistics and literature of many Turkic people. As a poet he is among the classics of the Crimean Tatar literature.

Bekir Choban-zade was arrested and executed in 1937, together with a large group of scientists, writers and journalists, whom the Soviet regime also sentenced to death.