Sculpture of Azerbaijan's first lady erected in Canada

Tue 06 Sep 2011 09:54 GMT | 13:54 Local Time

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A bust of Mehriban Aliyeva has been erected at a luxury villa in the picturesque city of Niagara on the Lake in Canada.

Azerbaijani culture and art have recently been celebrated in Niagara with a day at the city's music festival devoted to Azerbaijani mugam and an exhibition of figurative work by Azerbaijani sculptor Omar Eldarov.

A member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament, Monte Kwinter, described Omar Eldarov's sculpture as a "masterpiece of modern art".

The piece is entitled "Mehriban Aliyeva - Divine Muse-Patronne of Azerbaijani Mugam".

The art director of the International Niagara Festival, Atis Bankas, said that Mehriban Aliyeva had done a great deal to promote Azerbaijani mugam at the international level and to strengthen the intercultural dialogue of civilizations.

“We, representatives of Canadian music culture and state figures of Niagara, as the biggest fans and connoisseurs of Azerbaijani mugam, consider it a remarkable historical event that on the completion of the Days of Azerbaijani Culture and Art, we opened a unique masterpiece of fine arts, the sculpture of the Divine Muse-Patronne of Azerbaijani Mugam in Canada, in the unique natural and geographical region of Niagara,” Bankas said.

He also said that the remarkable sculpture by Omar Eldarov had been awarded the Grand Prix of the International Niagara Festival "for great skill and artistic excellence".

The exhibition featured Omar Eldarov's statues in granite, marble and bronze of some of the greats of Azerbaijani music, including Uzeyir Hajibayli, Fikrat Amirov, Tofig Guliyev, Niyazi and Muslim Magomayev.

Sculptures of two leaders of the Turkic world - Heydar Aliyev and Ataturk - took centre stage at the exhibition.

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