By Laman Ismayilova
The National Song and Dance Ensemble gave a wonderful concert to celebrate the spring awakening.
The gala concert featured folk songs and author compositions performed by Honored Artist Almaz Orujova, winner of national and international competitions Taleh Yakhyaev and Ravana Gurbanova.
The National Song and Dance Ensemble immersed the audience in a festive atmosphere under the direction of People’s Artist Aghaverdi Pashayev. The concert was greeted with a storm of applause.
Founded in 1938 by the eminent composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli, the National Song and Dance Ensemble successfully promotes the country’s dance art.
Since 1984, the ensemble bears the name of the Azerbaijani composer Fikrat Amirov. The ensemble’s repertoire consists of traditional songs, dances as well as pieces of music by world-renowned composers.
The ensemble was once led by such prominent composers as Said Rustamov, Jahangir Jahangirov, Vasif Adigozalov, Haji Khanmammadov, Telman Hajiyev, Ramiz Mirishli.
Since 1999, the head of the ensemble has been People’s Artist Professor Aghaverdi Pashayev.
On June 13, 1958, the ensemble received the honorary title. After the death of Fikrat Amirov, the ensemble bears his name.
Since 2000, the National Folk Instrument Orchestra of Azerbaijan has been operating under the ensemble.
In 2020, the National Song and Dance Ensemble of Azerbaijan successfully performed at the 10th Gorchi International Folklore and National Culture Festival in Dagestan.
The ensemble thrilled the audience with “Jangi” by Uzeyir Hajibeyli, “Azerbaijan” by Rauf Hajiyev, as well as dances “Gavalla dance” and “Yalli”.
The National Song and Dance Ensemble received a special diploma for the protection of ethnocultural heritage of Azerbaijan and international cooperation in this field.
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