Cultural figures of Shusha

Murtuza Mammadov / Bulbul (1897-1961)

Bulbul was born on June 22, 1897 near Shusha in a place called Khanbaghi.

From 1920 he was a soloist of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater (then the opera troupe of the United State Theater).
In the first years of his activity he played in Uzeyir Hajibeyov's "Leyli and Majnun" (Ibn Salam), "Asli and Karam" (Karam), "Ashig Garib" (Garib). In 1927 he graduated from the Baku Conservatory and continued his education in Milan, Italy.

In 1931, after graduating from the Milan Conservatory (class of Giuseppe Anselmi, D... Read more

Khan Shushinsky (1901-1979)

Khan Shushinsky was born on August 20, 1901 in Shusha. When he was 16 years old, his teacher named him "Khan Shushinsky" because he sang "Kurd-Shahnaz" mugam in an amazing way. Jabbar Qaryagdioglu and Seyid Shushinsky also had a great influence on the Khan's upbringing as a singer.

In the 1920s, Khan Shushinsky came to Baku and expanded his performing activities. Along with "Mahur-Hindi", "Bayati-Gajar", "Qatar" instruments, "Karabakh shikestasi", "Arazbari", "Heyrati" percussion mugams, folk songs... Read more

Shamsi Badalbeyli (1911-1987)

Well-known theater director Shamsi Badalbeyli was born in 1911 in Shusha in an intellectual family. His father Badal bey Badalbeyli and uncle Ahmad Agdamski (Badalbeyli) played a significant role in the revival of our national drama and music theater. Badal Bey is both a teacher and an actor, performing in operettas, operas and plays. After graduating from high school, he followed in his father's footsteps and studied at the Baku Pedagogical College.

Shamsi Badalbeyli, who played as an amateur actor as a student, entered the class of folk instruments of the Azerbaijan State Co... Read more

Niyazi (1912-1984)

Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov was born on August 20, 1912 in Tbilisi in the family of the famous composer of his time Zulfugar Hajibeyov. He is originally from Shusha.

He is an author of "Khosrov and Shirin" opera (1942), "Zagatala suite" (1934), "Return" (1939), "Concert waltz" symphonic works, "Rast" symphonic mugam (1949) , the "Dance Suite for Symphony Orchestra", the ballet "Chitra" (1962) based on the works of Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore (1962) and other musical works.

He prepared new editions ... Read more

Rashid Behbudov (1915-1989)

Rashid Behbudov was born on December 14, 1915 in Tbilisi in the family of singer Majid Behbudov. He is originally from Shusha.

At the end of 1943, he was invited to star in the film "Arshin mal alan" based on the operetta of Uzeyir Hajibeyov.

His combination of vocal masterpieces ranged from classical performances to lyrical songs. Behbudov's rare vocal talent gave him opportunity to travel beyond the "Iron Curtain" of the Soviet Union and as a singer he toured with concert performances in several countries of the world, including Iran, Turkey, Ch... Read more

Soltan Hajibeyov (1919-1974)

Soltan Hajibeyov entered the history of Azerbaijani music culture as a talented composer, pedagogue and music public figure.

S.Hajibeyov's creative face is distinguished by clarity, purity of his worldview, poetry. The composer is also known as a master of landscape painting in music. His music is dominated by bright national genre images.

Soltan Hajibeyov was born in 1919 in Shusha, our great cultural center. Folk music had a great influence on the development and formation of the future composer. Soltan Hajibeyov's creative path dates back to the late 1930s and... Read more