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Rasul Gamzatov
Rasul Gamzatov receiving Order of St. Andrew
Born (1923-09-08)September 8, 1923
Cada village, Khunzakhsky District, Dagestan
Died November 3, 2003(2003-11-03) (aged 80)
Occupation Poet
Title Hero of Socialist Labour (1974)

Rasul Gamzatovich Gamzatov (Avar language: ХӀамзатил Расул, IPA: [ħamzatil rasul]; Russian: Расу́л Гамза́тович Гамза́тов; 8 September 1923 – 3 November 2003) was probably the most famous poet writing in the Avar language. Among his poems was Zhuravli, which became a well-known Soviet song.[1]


He was born on September 8, 1923, in the Avar village of Tsada in the north-east Caucasus. His father, Gamzat Tsadasa, was a well-known bard, heir to the ancient tradition of minstrelsy still thriving in the mountains.[2] He was eleven when he wrote his first verse about a group of local boys who ran down to the clearing where an airplane had landed for the first time. His father was the teacher who taught him the art of writing poetry.[3] A number of different poems of Rasul Gamzatov also became songs, such as "Gone sunny days".

Gamzatov was awarded the State Stalin Prize in 1952, The Lenin Prize in 1963, and Laureate Of The International Botev Prize in 1981.

The monument to Gamzatov was unveiled on 5 July 2013 on Yauzsky Boulevard in central Moscow.[4]

Honours and awards

Stamp of Russia, 2013

Vladimir Putin and Sergey Sobyanin in opening ceremony of the monument to the poet Rasul Gamzatov in Yauzsky Boulevard in Moscow.

Monument to Rasul Gamzatov in Makhachkala

  • Hero of Socialist Labour (27 September 1974)
  • Order of St. Andrew (8 September 2003) - for outstanding contribution to the development of national literature and public activities[5]
  • Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 3rd class (18 April 1999) - for outstanding contribution to the multinational culture of Russia
  • Order of the Friendship of Peoples (6 September 1993) - for outstanding contribution to the development of the multinational Soviet literature and productive social activities
  • Four Orders of Lenin
  • Order of the October Revolution
  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour, four times
  • Order of Peter the Great
  • Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius (Bulgaria)
  • Lenin Prize (1963) - for the book "High Star"
  • Stalin Prize, third class (1952) - a collection of poems and the poems "The year of my birth"
  • State Prize of the RSFSR, Gorky (1980) - for the poem "Take care of mothers'
  • People's Poet of Daghestan
  • International Award for "Best Poet of the 20th century"
  • Writers Award in Asia and Africa "Lotus"
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award
  • Ferdowsi Award
  • Award of Hristo Botev
  • International Prize Sholokhov in art and literature
  • Award Lermontov
  • Award Fadeeva
  • Award Batyr
  • Award Mahmoud
  • C. Award Stalskiy
  • G. Award Tsadasy
  • Order of the Golden Fleece (Georgia)


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