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February 25, 2014

In Honor for the Great Poet

These days, enlightenment events, literary evenings, academic conferences, poetic readings in tribute to the 573th birthday anniversary of the great thinker and poet Alisher Navoi are in progress across the nation.

As the tradition goes, the Alisher Navoi National Park of Uzbekistan hosted February 9 an official event occasioned to this date. It was attended by senators, members of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, heads of various ministries and other government agencies, creative unions and social organizations, poets and writers, literary critics, culture and art figures, students and representatives of the wider public.

Chairman of the Union of Writers of Uzbekistan M.Ahmedov, the Navoi Studies scholar – associate professor of the Mirzo Ulugbek National University of Uzbekistan G.Adilova, the poet N.Jonuzok and other speakers noted that the noble endeavors spearheaded under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to study the rich scientific and artistic legacy of our great ancestors serve to promote our national literature and boost the spiritual and enlightenment state of mind of the people, especially the youth.

In bolstering the spirituality and enlightenment of the people, nurturing a comprehensively advanced generation, promoting the Uzbek language and national literature, boundless is the significance of creativity of the outstanding poet and thinker Alisher Navoi. A tremendous attention is paid in our country to the thorough examination of the rich heritage of Navoi, to the publication of his works, explanation of their essence and content. President Islam Karimov initiated a comprehensive stimulation of efforts on this front, and a complete collection of works of the celebrated poet has been published.

Alisher Navoi’s works are studied extensively in general schools, colleges and lyceums, higher education institutions and scientific research institutions. In the enlightenment center eponymous with him – the National Library of Uzbekistan – consistent efforts are undertaken to create an electronic version of Navoi’s masterpieces, expand and consolidate the cooperation in this field with libraries and museums abroad.

Fostering a physically and spiritually mature, comprehensively advanced individual, the human freedom, peace and harmony, creative endeavors, accord, patriotism, as well as the idea calling people on noble deeds are glorified in the creativity of Navoi with a remarkable artistic mastery. The works of the poet are being translated into many languages of the world. As a sign of honor to the great Navoi, monuments in tribute to him are erected in a number of cities around the globe.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in our country Marian Przezdziecki noted that the ideas glorified in Alisher Navoi’s works that urge the human race towards humanism have become an invaluable spiritual wealth of all the peoples of the world. For the first time the ghazels of the poet have been translated by Polish specialists into Polish, and a collection of poems has been published.

The event participants enjoyed the excerpts from the poem “Farhad and Shirin”, the classical songs composed for the ghazels of the classic. Students of the Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies recited poems of Navoi in English, German, French, Japanese and Korean.

The participants of the occasion laid wreaths to the monument of Alisher Navoi.

The official event was attended by the State Adviser to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Kh.Sultanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Ikramov and the hokim (mayor) of the city of Tashkent R.Usmanov.

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Later the day, a mushoira (a poetic competition) in honor of Alisher Navoi’s creativity took place at the metropolitan Alley of Poets in Navoi Street. At the event with the participation of poets and writers, Navoi Studies scholars, young talents, it was noted that the creativity of Alisher Navoi calls on the human race for kindness and grace. The participants recited some ghazels from Navoi.

The events dedicated to the birthday anniversary of the celebrated poet are underway also in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and all the regions of our nation.