Mehdigulu Khan Vafa

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Mehdigulu Khan Khasay Khan oglu Utsmiyev (Azerbaijani: Mehdiqulu xan Xasay xan oğlu Üsmiyev; 1855, Shusha – 1900, Tiflis) was a lyrical poet of Azerbaijan, a lieutenant colonel in the Russian Army, and the son of Karabakh poet Khurshidbanu Natavan.

Life[edit]

Mehdigulu was born in 1855 in Shusha in family of a Major-General Khasay Khan Utsmiyev (1808—1866)[1] In 1859, Alexandre Dumas wrote about him: "a five or six year-old boy probably instinctivity holding a dagger ... This was a really sharp dagger, which a French mother would never give to her child."[this quote needs a citation]

He served in the Russian Army and became a lieutenant colonel. He married Saltanatbeyim Karim qizi Jevanshir and had four children: a son Khasay, and three daughters: Agabike, Bilgeysbike and Azizabike. He wrote with the name "Vafa", what means loyal.

He died in 1900 in Tiflis.

Lyrics[edit]

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Some of his lyrics he wrote also in Persian:[2]
…کی باشد آنکه بخت سیه باز من شود
تا توتیای دیده کنم خاک کربلا
یارب مباد آنکه کنم خاک کربلا
دست وفا ز دامن اولاد مرتضی …

Khurshidbanu Natavan about him[edit]

Mehdigulu Khan (left) with his mother Khurshidbanu Natavan and sister Khanbike

Mehdigulu's mother Khurshidbanu Natavan missed him, and wrote a poem saying that she is ready to give her life in order to see him:[3]


Varımdı sinədə dərdü qəmi-nəhan, ölürəm,
Fəda olum sənə, gəl eylə imtəhan, ölürəm.

Fəraqdan gecələr yatmaram səbahə kimi,
Xəyali — zülfünə bağlı gedibdir can, ölürəm.

Çəkirdim həsrətini, görmədim, xudahafiz!
Olubdur indi işim naləvü fəğan, ölürəm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Azerbaijani generals

    Maj-Gen. Khasay Khan Usmiyev (1808—1866), husband of famous Karabakh poet Natavan. Their son, Mehdiqulu, born in 1855 in Shusha, became a Lt-Colonel in the Russian Army.

  2. ^ Рагим Никбет. Персоязычные поэты Карабаха (azeri)

    Mehdiqulu xan Dağıstanı(Vəfa)- öz dövrünün məşhur farsca yazan şairlərdən idi

  3. ^ Zaman ASkerliAgain about Natavan (azeri)

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