Dagestan Resident Mission commemorates Bariyat Muradova

Ahead of International Theater Day, the resident mission of Dagestan held a commemorative meeting devoted to the great Kumyk actress Bariyat Muradova. In 2014 her 100th birthday was marked. She was the first and only woman mountaineer to be made a People’s Artist of the USSR. There was no village in Dagestan in which Bariyat didn’t perform. Many people still remember her lively and spontaneous manner of playing.

“She visited her native Bashlykent and other villages many times,” MP of the Russian State Duma Balash Balashov said. “Once, there was not enough space in a club, and a performance of the play ‘Near Spring’ was organized in the open air. Some trucks were gathered, and their sides were lowered, making a stage. Residents of several villages came. She played sincerely. She was a person who was unique for the millennium.”

During the event an exhibition of costumes, posters and photographs of the actress was organized in the hall. She was the wife of the Azerbaijani composer Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibekov, a winner of two Stalin Prizes.

Guests of the evening enjoyed dances and performances by students of the Shchukin Theater Institute, which had specific relations with Dagestan. Actress Valentina Nikolayenko, who played Yarinka in “Wedding in Malinovka”, spoke about this: “This year we welcomed the fourth Dagestani studio. We hope that the infinite source of young talents from Dagestan will continue. Hats off to people who live in the Caucasus for preserving traditions. A tradition means everything. The worse the situation is, the stronger the devotion to traditions should be.”

Baryat Muradova has played more than 200 roles during her career. She is famous for such movies as “Adam and Kheva” and “Clouds Are Leaving the Sky.”

“It is amazing that she was a woman from a village, but she was a great actress,” Sandarbek Tulparov, the chief director of the Makhachkala Gorky Russian Drama Theater recalls. “Bariyat Muradova played a village woman as Jumaysat, and she played Pushkin’s Laura. Can you imagine her range?”

Izumrud Mugutdinova, the plenipotentiary envoy of Dagestan, shared her memories about the actress: “Suddenly, she began to play accordion in a performance. She sat as a great actress, made a pause; the audience kept silence; and then she began to sing. She played an ancient Kumyk melody. She sang the first couplet in Hebrew, and only after that she sang the song in Kumyk. Only she could do such interesting things.”
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