Aghakhan Abdullayev

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Aghakhan Abdullayev
Born(1950-02-06)6 February 1950
Baku, Azerbaijan
OriginBaku, Azerbaijan
Died25 December 2016(2016-12-25) (aged 66)
InstrumentsSinging, daf
Years active1975–present
Associated actsAlim Qasimov, Hajibaba Huseynov

Aghakhan Abdullayev (Azerbaijani: Ağaxan Abdullayev; 6 February 1950 – 25 December 2016) was an Azerbaijani khananda folk singer. He was often called "Guardian" of the Mugham.[1][2]


Abdullayev was born in Baku where he graduated from secondary school in 1968, then continued his education at the Zeynally Music College until 1973. He became a mugham teacher in 1973 at the Abilov Culture House in Baku, and also worked as a teacher at the Zeynally Music College in 1977.[3]

His concert career started in 1975 on the stage of Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall. He performed concerts in several countries of the world, including Iran, Canada, Russia, Austria, Sweden, US, and many other countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

In 1992, was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic, and in 1998 was designated People's Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic.[4] In 2000, for his pedagogical activity, he was awarded an Honorary Diploma by the Ministry of Education of the Azerbaijan Republic. In 2001, he received the "Simurg" Award of the National Award Fund and in 2002 the "Humay" National Award. He also received in 2003 the "Live on, Azerbaijan" Award.[5]

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  1. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Three new podcasts available from Radio 3". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. ^ Holding, APA Information Agency, APA. "Azerbaijani People's artist Aghakhan Abdullayev laid to rest". Archived from the original on 27 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ Ağaxan Abdullayev Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in Azerbaijani)
  4. ^ "Xalq artisti Ağaxan Abdullayev tələbə seçimini çətinləşdirdi". 21 July 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ Mugham Performers Archived 6 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine