A conference was held to commemorate the great Kazak poet Magjan Jumabayev on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of his birthday.
The conference took place in the Mimar Kemaleddin Hall of the Gazi University and gathered the Chief Advisor of the President of the Republic of Turkey Yalçın Topçu, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Huseyin Yayman, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Ankara H. E. Abzal Saparbekuly, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov, the Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Ankara Isankuli Amanlyev, the Mayor of Kecioren Mustafa Ak, the Rector of the Gazi University Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Uslan, the Chairman of the Eurasian Authors' Union Yakup Omeroglu, the Deputy Chairman of the Eurasian Authors' Union and poet Ali Akbas, the Director of Cultural and Language Affairs of the Province of Northern Kazakhstan Kemel Ospanov and artists from Kazakhstan along with many journalists and guests.
The conference which started with a minute of silence and the national hymns of Kazakhstan and Turkey went on with a documentary on the short life of Magjan Jumabayev, the illustrious poet of Kazakhstan and Pioneer of the Alash Movement.
In the speech he delivered at the conference, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov stressed that after Abai, Jumabayev is the second greatest poet of the Kazak people.
The Chief Advisor of the President of the Republic of Turkey Yalçın Topçu said: "The Kazak poet Magjan Jumabayev died for his fatherland. He supported us with his poems during our war of independence and he collected Money which he gave to the Turkish Embassy to help us. He was a true hero who stood against the sovietization of Kazak Turks. Our poet was someone who always dedicated himself to his country and said that he would die for it. He never abandoned his courageous and dignified battle for his country."
The Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Huseyin Yayman who extended his gratitude to TURKSOY for the organization of the conference, stressed that TURKSOY is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as the UNESCO of the Turkic World which successfully assumes its mission of cultural diplomacy through its activities to transmit Turkic culture and art to future generations. Mr. Yayman also congratulated TURKSOY for its successful initiatives such as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World and commemorative years and stressed that the year 2018 was declared as Year of Magjan Jumabayev the famous Kazak poet on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of his birthday.
The Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Ankara Abzal Saparbekuly who also delivered a speech at the conference said that Magjan is a timeless poet whose talent will always be remembered and added: "Magjan Jumabayev's unique work is an essential component of the history and culture of the Turkic World. As such it has always been a great contribution to brotherhood and unity. Magjan Jumabayev is the common poet of all of us who share the same feelings."
In his speech, the Mayor of the Municipality of Kecioren Mustafa Ak said that Kazakhstan is the Fatherland and Turkey is the Motherland of the Turkic World. Mr. Ak further added: "This is why we feel at home when we go to Kazakhstan and our brothers and sisters from Kazakhstan feel at home when they come to Turkey. We are peoples which have been sharing a common culture for thousands of years and under the guidance of our leaders and their vision we will pursue our cooperation and carry out further activities in the field of cultural and economic development.
The Rector of the Gazi University Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Uslan who also delivered a speech at the conference said that Magjan Jumabayev was not only a great poet but also a truly inspiring personality of Kazakhstan in political terms and added: “Alaş did not only struggle for a better future of the Kazak people. His battle was a battle for the independence of all Turkic peoples. Jumabayev is one of those who committed themselves to the Turkic World and contributed to the establishment of the modern Republic of Kazakhstan. Magjan Jumabayev grew up with Ismail Gaspyraly idea of Jadidism and was one of the pioneers of national awakening in the Turkic World as well as of the Alash Movement. Thus, he is a common hero of the Kazak people as well as of the entire Turkic World. He is a poet who truly deserves being remembered and cherished from one generation to the next."
The opening speeches were followed by a reading of Magjan Jumabayev's poems and performances of songs composed on Magjan's poems.
The second half of the conference featured a panel chaired by Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bican Ercilasun and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yakup Omeroglu in which Prof. Dr. Aygul Ismakova, Prof. Dr. Serikkazı Korabay, Prof. Dr. Zarkın Syzdkuly Tayshybay, Prof. Dr. Abdulamit Matisakov, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ferhat Tamir, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saule Malikova, Assist. Prof. Dr. Erbol Tileşov, Assist. Prof. Dr. Kayırbek Kemenger, Kemel Ospanov and Jaraspay Suleymenov presented their papers on the life and work of this illustrious poet of the Turkic World.
The conference organized under the leadership of TURKSOY took place with the contribution of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Ankara, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Kazakhstan, the Governorate of Northern Kazakhstani, the Gazi University, the Akhmet Yassawi University, the Municipality of Kecioen and the Eurasian Authors' Union.
Following the conference, participants gathered around the statue of Jumabayev which was inaugurated in the Botanical Park of the Municipality of Kecioren.
Participants then recited poems by Jumabayev and laid carnations at the statue of Magjan Jumabayev.