Abdylas Maldybaev, as shown on the Kyrgyz 1 som note.
Abdylas Maldybaevich Maldybaev (Kyrgyz: Абдылас Малдыбаев) (1906 – 1978) was a Kyrgyz composer, actor, and operatic tenor singer. Maldybaev was one of the composers of the state anthem of the Kirghiz SSR and is still renowned for his operatic composition. He helped popularize Kyrgyz music by skillfully using Western European techniques. The Kyrgyz one som banknote pictures him.
Maldybayev provided folk melodies and composed music which was organized and prepared by Russian composers Vladimir Vlasov and Vladimir Fere into six Soviet state opera and other works. Their first full opera was Ai-churek. The collective is usually hypenated as Vlasov-Fere-Maldybayevm, which also composed the Kirghiz national anthem.