Rasul Gamzatov

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Rasul Gamzatov
Stamp of Russia 2013 No 1709 Rasul Gamzatov.jpg
Born (1923-09-08)September 8, 1923
Cada village, Khunzakhsky District, Dagestan
Died November 3, 2003(2003-11-03) (aged 80)
Occupation Poet
Title Hero of Socialist Labour (1974)

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


He was born on September 8, 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 of Rasul Gamzatov 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.

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

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Rasul Gamzatov receiving Order of St. Andrew
Vladimir Putin and Sergey Sobyanin in opening ceremony of the monument to the poet Rasul Gamzatov in Yauzsky Boulevard in Moscow.


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