New Museum of Muryn Zhyrau to Mark Poet’s 160th Birth Anniversary
This year, Fort Shevchenko in the Mangystau region will mark 160th birthday of poet and narrator Muryn Zhyrau Sengirbayev. He wrote ‘40 warriors of Crimea’- epic series of legends, common among the Turkic peoples of the Volga region, the North Caucasus, Western Siberia and Kazakhstan. The epic was dedicated to the founder of Nogai Horde, Yedige.
Local authorities have decided to restore the famous poet’s house in honor of his 160th birth anniversary. The new museum will showcase top the locals and visitors the household and private items that once belonged to Muryn Zhyrau. The forge with which the poet made jewelry is one of the most valuable exhibits. The project worth 180 million tenge will be finished by autumn.
‘Festive events will be organized to mark the 160th anniversary of the author’s ‘40 warriors of Crimea.’ His house is under restoration. The museum is significant for the locals and all the Kazakhs as well. The museum will popularize the poet’s legacy among the younger generation,’ Sholpan Nurgaliyeva, head of culture and sports department of Tupkaragan Region told Kazakh TV.