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On September 6, 2019, in the Birzhan sal district, on the sacred land of Kokshe, a scientific and practical conference was held on the topic “Біржан-қазақтың халықтық музыка мәдениетінің алыбы, сал-серілер, әнші-композиторлардың ұстазы!” dedicated to the 185th birthday of the famous poet-composer Birzhan sal Kozhagululy.
The event was attended by prominent scientists and writers from Almaty, Astana, Kokshetau, North and Central Kazakhstan and Zhetysu, cultural figures and public figures, composers and IT experts, citizens of the Birzhan sal district, as well as students and schoolchildren.
The participants of the event drove to the burial place of akyn, read the quran on his grave.
On the sacred Kazakh land great batyrs and talented masters of art were born. Their unique exploits and invaluable heritage left an indelible mark on the memory of the people. Today, in the homeland of the folk composer, singer-songwriter, the man who stood at the origins of the school of sal-seri and occupies a special place in the history of Kazakh poetry and musical art, Birzhan sal Kozhagululy celebrated his anniversary.
Birzhan sal Kozhagululy was the composer and talented singer. He was the talented folk composer who made his unique contribution to the development of the Kazakh song-performing art. Birzhan sal's lyric poems highlight the social and moral problems of the time in which he had lived.
In honor of our fellow countryman Birzhan sal - the pride of all the Kazakh people, a festive concert was organized in the House of Culture. Those present attended the exhibition, which featured handicrafts and exhibits showing unknown facts from the biography of Birzhan sal.
The conference was opened with a congratulatory speech by the deputy akim of the Akmola region Galymzhan Kenzheshevich Abdykalykov.
Akim of the Birzhan sal district Yermek Bekenovich Nugumanov congratulated the participants of the conference on the holiday, noted that one of the central streets of the district was named as Birzhan sal, a music school operates in the district center, a memorial complex and clubs were opened, and a monument was erected in the burial place of the great ancestor.
The moderator of the scientific event was the rector of Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University Marat Syrlybaev, who led a scientific and practical conference.
The first speaker of the plenary session with the report on “Birzhan sal” was a poet, playwright, zhyrshy manashes, honored worker of Kazakhstan, laureate of the Abdylas Maldybaev International Prize of Kyrgyzstan, Honorary Citizen of the Birzhan sal district Bayangali Alimzhanov. At the end of his speech, he performed a dedication to Birzhan. Presentations were also made by a professor from L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University Serik Negimov on the topic "Birzhan sal and its modernity", senior lecturer of the Department of Kazakh Philology of Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University Amanzhol Yessmagulov - with the report “Abai and Birzhan in Kazakh civilization”, laureate of the Writers Award of Kazakhstan, poet-writer, journalist, translator, honorary citizen of the Birzhan Sal district Korganbek Amanzhol; with the report “Birzhan burmalary”, honored worker of Kazakhstan, author of numerous scientific studies author’s articles, the author of several kyus, recorded kyus for the anthology of kyus “Mugilik Saryn”, “1000 kyu of Kazakhs”, kyu of Arka, Altai, Karatau, famous composer-kyushi Zhangali Zhuzbai - with a report “Dombra of Birzhan”, poet-improviser, winner of several republican and international aitys Aitakyn Bulgakov, with a report “Akyn Sara Turaly”, professor of Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University Sabit Zhambek, with a report “The Golden Core of Birzhan sal’s Creativity”, a well-known art historian, honored artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, composer-singer Serik Ospanov made a presentation on “Біржан салдың ән мұрасындағы тарихилық пен деректілік”.
The following day the jubilee events continued wtih: in the House of Culture was held an akyns contest, yurts and dan as were set up, different horses competitions were organized, the wrestlers competed in their force and also Altybakan was installed for young people.
At the end of the event, scientists studying the heritage of Birzhan Sal, speakers, as well as musicians were awarded anniversary medals and letters of thanks.