Rasul Gamzatov

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Rasul Gamzatov
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Rasul Gamzatov receiving Order of St. Andrew
Born(1923-09-08)8 September 1923
Died3 November 2003(2003-11-03) (aged 80)
TitleHero of Socialist Labour (1974)

Rasul Gamzatovich Gamzatov (Avar: ХӀамзатил Расул, IPA: [ħamzatil rasul]; Russian: Расу́л Гамза́тович Гамза́тов, IPA: [rɐˈsul ɡɐmˈzatəvʲɪtɕ ɡɐmˈzatəf] (About this soundlisten); 8 September 1923 – 3 November 2003) was a popular Avar poet. Among his poems was Zhuravli, which became a well-known Soviet song.[1]


Gamzatov was born on 8 September 1923 in the Avar village of Tsada in the north-east Caucasus. His father, Gamzat Tsadasa, was a well-known bard, heir to the ancient tradition of minstrelsy still thriving in the mountains.[2] He was eleven when he wrote his first verse about a group of local boys who ran down to the clearing where an airplane had landed for the first time. His father was the teacher who taught him the art of writing poetry.[3] A number of different poems by him also became songs, such as Gone Sunny Days.

Gamzatov was awarded the State Stalin Prize in 1952, The Lenin Prize in 1963, and Laureate Of The International Botev Prize in 1981.

A monument to Gamzatov was unveiled on 5 July 2013 on Yauzsky Boulevard in central Moscow.[4]

Honours and awards[edit]

Stamp of Russia, 2013
Vladimir Putin and Sergey Sobyanin in opening ceremony of the monument to the poet Rasul Gamzatov in Yauzsky Boulevard in Moscow.
Monument to Rasul Gamzatov in Makhachkala


  1. ^ Elena Polyudova (2016). Soviet War Songs in the Context of Russian Culture. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-443-88974-2.
  2. ^ Tatiana Smorodinskaya (2013). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture. Routledge. p. 225. ISBN 978-1-136-78785-0.
  3. ^ Prominent Russians: Rasul Gamzatov, Russiapedia Literature
  4. ^ "Unveiling of a monument to Rasul Gamzatov". kremlin.ru. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  5. ^ "President Vladimir Putin wished Dagestan poet and public figure Rasul Gamzatov a happy 80th birthday". kremlin.ru. 8 September 2003. Retrieved 11 February 2017.

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