Rashid Behbudov State Song Theatre

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Rashid Behbudov State Song Theatre
Old synagogue building.JPG
OwnerMinistry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan
TypeState theatre
Years active1968—present

The Rashid Behbudov State Song Theatre (Azerbaijani: Rəşid Behbudov adına Dövlət Mahnı Teatrı) is located in Azerbaijan's capital Baku, on the Rashid Behbudov Street, and is named after Rashid Behbudov, who founded it in 1968.[1]

The building is in the Greek Revival style, with an Ionic order portico, and in the ornamented pediment there is a central lyre where the symbol for tablets of stone once featured.

The Theatre building was originally built as a Synagogue in 1901.[2][3]

The theatre's repertoire consists of folk songs, mugams and tasnifs, as well as of works of national composers like Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov or Tofig Guliyev. Popular artists, such as Zaur Rzayev, Ilhama Guliyeva, Mubariz Taghiyev, Azar Zeynalov, Zohra Abdullayeva and Aybaniz Hashimova, worked in the theatre.[4]

The theatre is open from 9 a.m. to 18 p.m.


  1. ^ "Azerbaijan State Song Theatre". Azerbaijan. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ Gruber, Sam. "Azerbaijan: New Synagogue in Baku". Samuel Gruber's Jewish Art & Monuments. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Baku". Jewish Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Azerbaijan State Song Theatre by Rashid Behbudov". Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan. Retrieved 2010-12-24.