Inauguration of the Maksud Ibrahimbeyov Creativity Centre took place in Icherisheher, Baku, March 30.
First Vice-president of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the ceremony.
The scriptwriter of our beloved movies “Our Jabish muallim”, “Last night of the childhood”, and the author of the works “Mesozoic story”, “You are my song”, “Who goes to Truskavets?”, “For all the good – death!”, Maksud Ibrahimbeyov enjoyed millions of readers and spectators. He has been recognized, loved and appreciated as an eminent writer both in Azerbaijan and abroad.
The Creativity Centre of People’s writer, eminent scriptwriter and director Maksud Ibrahimbeyov starts to operate since March 30.
First Vice-president Mehriban Aliyeva became familiarized with the conditions created in the Centre’s building.
Writer’s wife Anna Ibrahimbeyova informed Mehriban Aliyeva that here were located Maksud Ibrahimbeyov’s museum, the writer’s library, and literature room. In the literature room are presented books by the writer published in both the Russian and Azerbaijani languages, as well as works translated into 36 foreign languages. Here are also all magazines, in which the writer’s works were printed. Moreover, among the exhibits are various orders and medals Maksud Ibrahimbeyov had been conferred on at different times for his achievements in literature and in public and political spheres, and other awards, honorary diplomas, deputy’s warrants, as well as a document on his candidacy for Nobel Prize.
Maksud Ibrahimbeyov was a son of two Azerbaijani aristocratic families: his father Mammadibrahim Ahmad oghlu Ibrahimbeyov, mother Fatma Alakbar gyzy Ibrahimbeyova-Mashadibeyova. Photos of Ibrahimbeyov and Mashadibeyov families, as well as belonging to them ancient domestic items are displayed in the Centre. There is also a hall in the Centre, where a collection of arms belonging to Maksud Ibrahimbeyov is demonstrated. Maksud Ibrahimbeyov used to collect arms. His collection contains rare examples of arms brought from various world countries or presented to him by his friends. Here are also a library and a conference room.
Mehriban Aliyeva wrote her heartfelt words in the Creativity Centre’s Guests Book.
Anna Ibrahimbeyova presented the People’s writer’s books “Let him stay with us” and “There was no other brother better than him” to Mehriban Aliyeva and Leyla Aliyeva.
Then, Anna Ibrahimbeyova presented certificates confirming Ilham Heydar oghlu Aliyev and Mehriban Arif gyzy Aliyeva’s being members of the Assembly of Aristocrats, of which chairperson Maksud Ibrahimbeyov had been, and aimed to promote and eternalize the genealogy of people from an aristocrat families, signed by the Assembly of Aristocrats in 2006. The certificate states that the whole family of the document’s holder is considered to be in the row of Azerbaijani aristocrats.
Basic restoration and conservation works have been carried out in the Centre’s building over the course of 2016 and 2017, following the initiative of and with support from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Based on the Resolution of the Azerbaijani President dated February 1, 2018, now this building will accommodate the Maksud Ibrahimbeyov Creativity Centre. The activity of the Creativity Centre will focus on supporting young writers, promoting the Azerbaijani literature and culture, ensuring a creative environment for young writers, and cooperating with cultural organizations of foreign countries.
The writer’s spouse Anna Ibrahimbeyova thanked Mehriban Aliyeva for the reverence for Maksud Ibrahimbeyov’s memory and the support provided for the creation of the Centre:
- Dear friends, I am glad to see you. Thank you very much.
I am very grateful to the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which has created the Maksud Ibrahimbeyov Creativity Centre. Mehriban khanum, thank you very much for your support and participation, and for the respect and kind attitude you have shown towards Maksud muallim and his creative work. And I will try to make sure that this place is interesting, and you all come here with pleasure.
A video footage containing photos reflecting the writer’s life and creativity was shown.
The video footage ends with the words of Maksud Ibrahimbeyov: “Live long life and let any day of your life be filled with joy”.
The writer’s friend, first deputy of the general director of Russia’s TASS Information Agency Mikhail Gusman commenced his speech by addressing Maksud Ibrahimbeyov. Saying “Here have gathered your friends, those who love you”, Mikhail Gusman emphasized that Maksud Ibrahimbeyov himself, who had headed the Assembly of Aristocrats, was both genetically and spiritually from a noble family. He touched upon the activity of Maksud Ibrahimbeyov - the head of the National Peace Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which was engaged in promoting patriotism and charitable activity, providing support to poor families and war veterans - in this sphere, and said “There is no way this world can be rescued without people like you”.
Rector of the Baku Music Academy, People’s Artist Farhad Badalbeyli talked about devoting each other poems in each their meeting with the writer, and read the poem he had written for Maksud Ibrahimbeyov.
People’s Writer Maksud Ibrahimbeyov used to write about uncommon and daily events in a slow fashion, and having profoundly analysed the spiritual world of his characters, conveyed their traits to the reader. In a number of his works, the writer showed the lifestyle of an Eastern human, talking from the point of view of universal issues. As a representative of the generation, which has entered the literary world in the 60s of the last century, he earned profound respect and esteem of numerous admirers, having created colourful and comprehensive images of his contemporaries. National traits, traditions of the people of Azerbaijan, and portrayal of Baku’s unique colour, in particular, have been reflected in Maksud Ibrahimbeyov’s creative work in an unforgettable fashion.