Art brings people together as well as еру works of great personalities. Kazakh writer, poet and enlightener Abai Kunanbayev is known worldwide, his extraordinary talent is revered everywhere. His words inspired many famous people. His memory is perpetuated in Russia, Egypt, Hungary, China and France. Thus, a bronze bust of the poet was erected in Rennes to mark 1000th anniversary of Almaty.

 

Bauyrzhan BAIBEK, MAYOR OF ALMATY:

Now when a bust of the great Abai is erected in France I am confident that French people will know more about the Kazakh culture and better understand our language and spiritual traditions.

 

Nathalie APPERE, MAYOR OF RENNES: 

I am happy to participate in the opening of the monument of the great writer, philosopher, a moralist and a pillar of the Kazakh nation Abai Kunanbayev. French poet Louis Aragon was struck by the greatness of this enlightener equal of whom he had never seen in France, considering his heritage as one of the most prominent in the 19th century. The memory of Abai is now immortalized in the architectural landscape of the city.

 

Annual events marking the poet’s birthday anniversaries have become a tribute to him and a good tradition. For instance, Abai readings are organized in China. They traditionally bring together the representatives of diplomatic circles, Kazakh diaspora and students.

 

Mukhtar ABILKHAK, PROFESSOR, RENMIN UNIVERSITY OF CHINA:

Most of all I liked the unique style in which the Kazakh students were reading poems of Abai. They managed to convey the values that Abai was glorifying. I am sure that our young generation will be brought up in Abai’s works and he will live in our hearts forever

 

Sergey MANASSARYAN, ARMENIAN AMBASSADOR TO CHINA:

There were excellent translations into Chinese language. It is symbolic that we saw a young generation of Kazakh students on stage today who are well aware of Abai’s poetry, know the history of their country. That's impressive.

 

The immortal works of Abai have been translated into many languages. The kazakh writer’s poems have been translated to Russian, Tatar, Arabic, Mongolian, English, Chinese, Korean, German. A well-known writer and literary critic Leonard Kossuth from Germany says Abai’s poeticism and philosophy have a special and unique spiritual power.

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