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Celebration for 49th Anniversary of Nazim Hikmet’s Death

By Harriet Staff

From the Hurriyet Daily News:

One of Turkey’s most famous poets Nazım Hikmet was commemorated at the Novodevici graveyard in Moscow June 3, the 49th anniversary of his death. The Russian-Turkish Businessmen Association (RTIB) organized a concert and poetry reading for the commemoration.

Hikmet lovers gathered at a concert hall in Moscow and listened to his poems performed by Yavuz Telli with musical accompaniment by Turkish musician Yavuz Bingöl.

“Today we commemorate Nazım Hikmet with enthusiasm, just like his birthday,” said RTIB Chairman Ali Galip Savaşır when delivering the event’s opening speech.

To Savaşır and his fellow Hikmet fans, Moscow is more than a city where they work and live, it is a compassionate land that once embraced Hikmet at the most difficult time in his life, Savaşır said.

“It makes me excited even to know that Nazım walked on the same roads where we walked today. While working to improve Turkish-Russian relations, one day in a year gives us the opportunity to remember a respected life dedicated to struggle. It makes us listen to [his] poetry, each line tells us of love, faith and struggle. It brings us together. This is why we love Nazım,” he said.

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Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.