The Ministry of Culture promotes the achievements of the eminent mugham singer

By Laman Ismayilova

The Ministry of Culture continues to inform music lovers about major cultural personalities of Azerbaijan.

The ministry highlighted the rich legacy left by famous mugham singer Khan Shushinsky under the “Pearls of Shusha Culture” project, reports Azernews citing the ministry’s website.

The presentation took place in the “Faces of Shusha” section of the project.

The publication tells about the rich repertoire of the singer and his most outstanding performances.

Khan Shushinsky went down in music history as one of the most prominent Azerbaijani mugham singers. He left behind a solid school of talented composers and musicians.

The mugham singer is a descendant of the founder of the Karabakh Khanate Panah Ali Khan Javanshir.

The khan founded the Karabakh Khanate in the 18th century. He made Shusha his capital and founded Shusha Castle.

After his brilliant performance of Kurdish-Shahnaz mugham in Shusha, people started calling Khan Shushinsky a khan when he was only 16 years old.

The owner of a powerful voice skillfully sang mughams, folk songs and tasnifs, among which Mahur-Hindi, Heyrat, Karabakh Shikastasi, Arazbari, etc.

He performed folk songs with special brilliance, each time surprising listeners with something new.

Since Isfandiyar also played the tambourine well, he always managed to perform rhythmic mughams.

Khan Shushinsky was known as a talented composer having written a number of songs, including the compositions “Beauty” and “Gamar” as well as “The mountains of Shusha are covered with fog” dedicated to his hometown of Shusha.

In the film “If Not That One, Then This One”, Khan Shushinsky was accompanied by Talat Bakikhanov (kamancha) and Bahram Mansurov (tar).

In 1960, he established the Mugham studio at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic, where he gave private lessons to young mugham singers. He then taught vocal arts at the Asaf Zeynally School of Music.

The outstanding mugham singer was named People’s Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR (1943) and awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor (1959).

Khan Shushinsky was very popular with Azerbaijani audiences.

People’s love for Khan Shushinsky knew no boundaries. He was buried in the alley of honor in Baku.

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