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Polad Bulbul-oglu (Azerbaijani Polad Bülbüloğlu), nee Polad Murtuza oglu Mammadov (Azerbaijani Polad Murtuza oğlu Məmmədov). Was born on February 4, 1945 in Baku. Soviet and Azerbaijani pop singer (lyric tenor), composer, teacher, actor, diplomat, doctor of art history, professor (2000). Laureate of the Lenin Komsomol Prize of the Azerbaijan SSR (1970). Honored Art Worker of the Azerbaijan SSR (1973). People's Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR (1982). People's Artist of Turkmenistan (2017). Minister of Culture of the Azerbaijan SSR (1988-1991). Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan (1991-2006). Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Russia (since 2006).

Polad Murtuza oglu Mammadov, who became widely known as Polad Bulbul-oglu, was born on February 4, 1945 in Baku.

Father - Bulbul (Azerb. Bülbül, nee Murtuza Meshadi Rza oglu Mamedov (June 22, 1897 - September 26, 1961), Soviet Azerbaijani opera singer (lyric and dramatic tenor), musicologist-folklorist, teacher. People's Artist of the USSR (1938). Prize (1950) One of the founders of the Azerbaijani national musical theater.

Mother - Adelaida Rza kyzy Mammadova (Azerb. Adelaida Rza qızı Məmmədova, August 22, 1922, Tbilisi - April 25, 2015, Baku), director of the Memorial Museum of People's Artist of the USSR Bulbul, public figure, personal scholarship holder of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Brother - Chingiz Mamedov.

The paternal grandmother was from the village of Pareular, the daughter of a Kurdish nomad.

His maternal grandfather, Rza Ibrahim oglu Kasimov, was a merchant from Yerevan.

Maternal grandmother - Ketevanna Konstantinovna Vezirishvili, Georgian, daughter of a prince.

Parents of Polad Bulbul-oglu

Polad spent his childhood and youth in Baku and in the city of Shusha, which is often called the "Conservatory of the Caucasus".

From an early age he studied music and vocals. At the age of 15, he first appeared on the big stage as his father's accompanist.

In his youth, he began to write songs. Among the very first - "Song of Moscow", "Song of Sumgait", "From the first date", "Good morning". Since childhood, he was friends with Muslim Magomayev, for whom he wrote several songs, with which he went to Moscow to record them on the radio.

He graduated from a music school, piano.

Then he entered the Azerbaijan State Conservatory named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov, where from 1963 to 1968 he studied in the composition class of the composer Gara Garayev. It was there that the creative and professional image of Polad Bulbul-oglu was formed. Even in his student years, the musician's creative inclinations were determined - a craving for modern music, for clarity and nobility of form.

In 1969 Bulbul-oglu became a member of the Union of Composers of the USSR and a member of the Union of Cinematographers of the USSR.

Polad Bulbul-oglu in his youth

For many years Polad performed as a singer and composer, actively promoting Azerbaijani musical culture. He worked with the famous Russian concert figure, director Eduard Smolny.

The voice of Polad Bulbul-oglu is a very sonorous, light, transparent and high lyric tenor, in terms of the range and character of singing, it is close to the altino tenor. The singing is distinguished by virtuosity, complex grace and trills, the top notes are very loose. In the singing of Polad, you can always hear the techniques and motives of the Azerbaijani national music-mugam.

Polad Bulbul-oglu - Do not be jealous

In 1976, Bulbul-oglu headed the Variety Ensemble of the Azerbaijan SSR. He led various pop groups of the republic. He traveled with concerts throughout the Soviet Union, visited more than 70 countries around the world.

In 1987, the singer became the director and artistic director of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society.

Polad Bulbul-oglu declared himself as a major composer who made a great contribution to contemporary Azerbaijani music. Polad Bulbul-oglu created a whole trend in the Soviet stage, combining modern rhythms and harmony with bright national melodism, which became an example to follow for the next generation of musicians.

He has music for more than 20 films.

The composing work of Polad Bulbul-oglu is diverse. His creative assets include major symphonic works, chamber instrumental music, musicals, vocal cycles, music for films and dramatic performances. Particular success was brought to him by songs performed both by famous singers of the country and by himself.

The songs of Polad Bulbul-oglu entered the repertoire of such singers as Muslim Magomayev, Joseph Kobzon, Lev Leshchenko, Lyudmila Senchina, Roxana Babayan and others.

The hits were his songs "Everything has passed", "Dolalay", "And again I will be surprised at the sun", "Do not be jealous", "Having passed through the years" ("How we lived, fighting."), "Because you love", " Call ”,“ First Look ”,“ You and Me ”,“ Violets ”,“ Shayk ”,“ Youth ”, etc.

Has acted in films several times. The adventure thriller brought him wide popularity and popularity. "Do not be afraid, I am with you" directed by Julius Gusman, which was released in 1981. One of the main roles in the film was played by Bulbul-oglu. His character is Teymur, a poor young man, artist and singer, in love with Telli, the daughter of a rich Farzali-bek. In the struggle of Teymur for his love, he is helped by two circus artists - San Sanych (Lev Durov) and Rustam (Mukhtarbek Kantemirov).

The music and songs for this film, in addition to Polad Bulbul-oglu, were also recorded by the group "Integral" by Bari Alibasova and the group "Flowers" by Stas Namin.

Polad Bulbul-oglu in the film "Don't be afraid, I'm with you"

In 1982 Polad Bulbul-oglu received the title of People's Artist of Azerbaijan.

Polad Bulbul-oglu became the only representative of Azerbaijani culture, in whose honor a star was opened in February 2000 on the Square of Stars in Moscow.

In 2013, the movie was released “Don't be afraid, I'm with you! 1919 " - continuation of the TV movie "Do not be afraid, I am with you", filmed in 1981. The action of the picture takes place 20 years after the events described in the first film, in 1919 in Azerbaijan against the backdrop of turbulent events associated with the proclamation of the republic's independence. Polad Bulbul-oglu again played Teymur, who became a deputy of the National Council of Azerbaijan.

Political and social activities of Polad Bulbul-oglu

In 1988 Polad Bulbul oglu became the Minister of Culture of the Azerbaijan SSR.

In the period from 1987 to 1990, he was a deputy of the Baku City Council, chairman of the Deputy Commission on Culture.

After Azerbaijan gained independence, Polad took up the newly established post of the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan.

In 1994, he was elected general director of the international organization "TURKSOY", created in 1993, which is a community for the development of Turkic culture and art, then he was re-elected three times (1997, 2000 and 2003). On the initiative of Bulbul-oglu, numerous books of the classics of the literature of the Turkic-speaking countries, calendars and magazines were published.

In 2002 Polad became the chairman of the Council for Cultural Cooperation of the Ministers of Culture of the CIS countries.

In 1995 Polad Bulbul-oglu was elected to the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan.

Doctor of Art Criticism of the National Creative Academy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Honorary Professor of the Azerbaijan University of Culture and Art, full member of the International Humanitarian Academy "Europe-Asia". In 2000 he was awarded the academic title of professor.

In 2006, Bulbul-oglu left the post of Minister of Culture and moved to Moscow, where he was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Russian Federation.

While living in Moscow, he continued to study music. In January 2010, a new album of the musician was released under the title “Sang Bul-Bul. Polad Bulbul-oglu sings ”, consisting of Azerbaijani folk songs. The disc contains fourteen popular songs - from "Khashtarkhan" (this is the name of Astrakhan in Turkic languages) to "Chal-oin" ("Sing, dance"). Polad processed these songs together with Siyavush Kerimi, who also owns the arrangement. The album was published with the sponsorship of the Palmali group of companies.

Polad Bulbul-oglu - How We Lived, Fighting

Personal life of Polad Bulbul-oglu:

First wife - Bela Andreevna Rudenko (born August 18, 1933), Soviet, Ukrainian and Russian opera singer (soprano), teacher. Soloist of the Bolshoi Theater (1972-1995). People's Artist of the USSR (1960). Laureate of the USSR State Prize (1971). She was 12 years older than him. We met at one of the social events in the reception house of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Polad was then a little over twenty-five years old.

In 1975, they had a son, Teymur Polad oglu Bulbul, a musician, concertmaster of the bassoon group of the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. P. Tchaikovsky, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2005), currently a businessman.

Polad Bulbul-oglu and Bela Rudenko divorced without scandals and mutual claims. The son stayed with his mother, but continued to see his father.

Polad Bulbul-oglu and Bela Rudenko

The second wife is Gulnara Shikhaliyeva.

In the second marriage, the daughter Leila (singer and actress) and the son of Murtuza (musician) were born.

Polad Bulbul-oglu and wife of Gulnar Shikhaliyev with children

Filmography of Polad Bulbul-oglu:

1954 - To the native people (documentary)
1966 - Tales of the Russian Forest - sings the song "I love only you" (with M. Magomayev and L. Mondrus)
1967 - Highest. (film-play)
1970 - Rhythms of Absheron
1970 - Polad Bul-Bul oglu sings (short)
1970 - "Margarita" is raging - performs the song "Tar and Guitar Quartet"
1973 - On the wings of a song
1981 - Don't be afraid, I'm with you! - Teimour
1981 - Songs of Polad Bul-Bul oglu (documentary)
2006 - Park of the Soviet period - cameo
2009 - Save yourself. Larisa Mondrus (documentary)
2013 - Don't be afraid, I'm with you! 1919 (Qorxma, mən səninləyəm! 1919) - Teimour
2014 - Symphony of the Screen (documentary)

Works of Polad Bulbul-oglu in cinema as a composer:

1966 - The investigation continues
1968 - The last night of childhood (Uşaqlığın son gecəsi)
1970 - Polad Bul-Bul oglu sings (short)
1971 - Muslim Magomayev sings
1971 - Main interview (Ən Vacib Müsahibə)
1972 - Live, girls. (Var olun, qızlar.)
1973 - Tailwind (Větrné moře)
1974 - Let him stay with us
1976 - Heart. heart.
1977 - The Bay of Joy
1979 - I come up with a song
1979 - Babek (Babək)
1981 - Don't be afraid, I'm with you!
1981 - Traffic Accident (Yol əhvalatı)
1982 - Business trip (İşgüzar Səfər)
2008 - The Destiny of the Sovereign / Hökmdarın taleyi)
2015 - Interrupted Memories

Famous songs of Polad Bulbul-oglu:

"Magic thread"
"It's all gone"
"Wait for me"
"Dolalay"
"Cranes"
"Look into my dream"
"And again I will be surprised at the sun"
"It seems"
"What do i do"
"Beloved Land"
"Never forget"
"Don't be jealous"
"Newborn Fire"
"Believe in my song"
"Having passed through the years" (she is "How we lived, fighting" or "Song on the tower")
"Because you love"
"Call"
"I give a song to girls"
"First Look"
"Happiness is next to us"
"Tell your eyes"
"You hurry up"
"You and me"
"One who loves"
"Your road" (the Turkic-language version of the song "Gəl ey səhər" is also very popular in a number of Turkic-speaking countries and Iran)
"Dance, people"
"I'm leaving"
"Violets"
"Clap clap"
"Shayk"
"Youth"
"I hate lies in people"

Awards and titles of Polad Bulbul-oglu:

- Order of Independence (February 2, 2005) - for great services in the development of Azerbaijani culture,
- Order of Honor (February 3, 2015) - for many years of fruitful activity in the cultural and socio-political life of the Republic of Azerbaijan,
- Order "For Service to the Fatherland" II degree (July 9, 2019) - for fruitful work in the diplomatic service of the Republic of Azerbaijan,
- Order of Honor (Russia, February 4, 2015) - for a great contribution to the strengthening of friendship and cooperation with the Russian Federation, the development of economic and cultural ties,
- Order of Friendship (Russia, February 16, 2005) - for a great contribution to the strengthening and development of Russian-Azerbaijani cultural ties,
- Order of Honor (Georgia, 2002),
- Medal "Makhtumkuli Fraghi" (Turkmenistan, May 15, 2014) - for special merits in the study, dissemination and popularization of the creative heritage of the great thinker of the Turkmen people Makhtumkuli Fraghi in the era of power and happiness, as well as taking into account the great personal contribution to the development of friendly ties between Turkmenistan and other states and international organizations in the fields of science, education and culture, in the humanitarian field, rapprochement and enrichment of cultures, fruitful work and remarkable creative achievements,
- Badge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia "For Contribution to International Cooperation" (2016),
- Honored Art Worker of the Azerbaijan SSR (1973),
- People's Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR (1982),
- Om Emerit (March 2, 2005, Moldova) - in gratitude for the special merits in the development of Moldovan-Azerbaijani cultural ties and significant contribution to the promotion of musical art,
- Honored Artist of the Republic of Dagestan (2015),
- People's Artist of Turkmenistan (April 27, 2017) - for special merits in strengthening relations of friendship, brotherhood, good-neighborliness and cooperation between the peoples of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan, strengthening the dialogue that has existed for many years between the two states in the cultural and humanitarian spheres, also taking into account the inspired talent and excellent success in the development of song and musical art,
- Full member of the International Humanitarian Academy "Europe-Asia" (1999),
- Honorary Professor of the Azerbaijan State University of Arts and Culture named after A. Huseynzade (1995),
- Laureate of the Komsomol Prize of the Azerbaijan SSR (1970),
- Laureate of the "TURKSOY" prize (2005),
- Laureate of the State Prize for Peace and Progress of the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Leader of the Nation (2010),
- Order of the Fund "Patrons of the Century" (2006),
- Gold medal "Rose of the World" (2005),
- Order of the Star of Creation (2004).

Have you heard how the Bul-Buli is sung?

Yellow-backed Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos)

If you have not heard how the Bul-Buli is sung, it means that you certainly do not live in Israel! However, Yellow-backed bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) are widespread in the tropics and subtropics of the Eastern Hemisphere. They inhabit the outskirts of forests, groves, gardens. In Israel, they feel at ease in city parks and squares.
I don’t undertake to speak in words about the singing of short-toed thrush (the so-called bulbul) - any trill from words will become a pale copy of the original.

Bulbuls have several distinctive features, the main ones are white (light) rings around the eyes, as well as a yellow undertail. The second sign is hidden in the name, and is translated differently: "yellow-backed", "yellow-belted". And from Hebrew. However, she noted all this very wittily figra
"In Hebrew," bulbul "is pipiska, chyslovo, but psis did not come from the Hebrew pipiska, but from the Arabic" bulbul "- a songbird, a nightingale, like a singer Bul-Bul Ogly. It is modestly translated into Russian as yellow-tailed bulbul, yellow-backed bulbul and even yellow-lobed bulbul, although logic dictates that his yellow is the same as the beautiful one of Aphrodite Callipiga.
http://figra.livejournal.com/56667.html

Rivalry with the bees

The plumage of the bulbul is short down, soft, long feathers on the wings and tail. All this is of an earthy gray, dull color, the head is black. Well, he likes to turn around in the same yellow place


"Atlanteans keep sky flowers on light wings. "


The bullet in a fluffy fur coat is rather awkward. "With age" they become much slimmer.

With small birds, bul-buli behave not so aggressively as brazenly: they drive the birds away, sitting on a branch that they have chosen for themselves.

What do the letters taste like? And what do they eat with?


The proud guardian of the grove.


With the loot!
They feed on insects, as well as seeds, small fruits. In my opinion, the bulbul attracts everything that blooms.
The pictures show the friendship of the bul-bullet with:
Koelreuteria paniculata (Koelreuteria paniculata)
Bombax ceiba = Bombax ceiba, cottonwood
Brachychiton acerifolium Brachychiton maple-leaved
Cape Tecomaria Tecomaria capensis.
Callistemon citrinus,
Lantana lantana camara
Bougainvillea Bougainvillea
Canary date (Phoenix canariensis)
Coral tree (Erythrina corallodendron)
Caesalpinia Caesalpinia


Sources claim that with the help of the bul-buli beak, insects are extracted from flowers, or they chase after them, overtaking them in flight. A foot in its beak - an interrupted flight: it was an insect with wings, taken out of the air.

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