|Birth Day:||August 16, 1925|
|Death Date:||Feb 13, 2009 (age 83)|
As per our current Database, Bakhtiyar Vahabzadeh died on Feb 13, 2009 (age 83).
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He earned a degree in Philology from the Azerbaijan State University in 1947. Two years later, he published his first poetry collection, Menim Dostlarım (My Friends).
Vahabzadeh was born in 1925 in Nukha (now Sheki) where his bust now stands on a central square. With his family he moved to Baku in 1934 and later studied philology at Azerbaijan State University. He would remain there as a professor till 1990 except during 1962-1964 when expelled for nationalist leanings. During that time he survived dire poverty by selling his wife's jewellery. They had three children, Gulzar, Isfandiyar and Azer. Isfandiyar was named Azerbaijan's ambassador to Moldova. Vahabzadeh died in Baku on February 13, 2009, aged 83. His memorial celebration was attended by the President of Azerbaijan.
Vahabzadeh presented his doctoral thesis on the Azerbaijani poet Samed Vurgun in 1951. In 1952, afraid that his anti-Stalin sentiments and critical sentiments towards certain elements of the post World War II Soviet system would be discovered, he destroyed the majority of his early poetic works, albeit keeping just a small sample by hiding the manuscripts in his mother's prosthetic leg.
Vahabzadeh won the Azerbaijan SSR state prize as honoured arts worker in 1974, won the state award for the whole USSR in 1984 and was named People's Poet a year later. In 2002, Vahabzadeh received the Commodore Medal from the Romanian Ministry of Culture for his poetry book titled Benim Garibim (My Poor).
For over 40 years, from 1951 till retirement in 1990, Vahabzadeh worked at Azerbaijan State University as a professor of “Contemporary Azerbaijani Literature”, albeit with two years gap. In 1980 he became both a member of the Azerbaijani Academy of Sciences and deputy of the Milli Majlis (parliament) of the Azerbaijan SSR. His rise in the political ranks of Soviet Azerbaijan was aided by penning titles such as his 1976 Leninlə Sohbet, but politically he had long been a noted nationalist, suffering a two-year expulsion from his university for publishing the 1959 poem Gulustan in which he drew attention to the division of the Azerbaijani people as a result of the 1813 Treaty of Gulistan. Vahabzadeh is cited as one of the figures of the Azerbaijani intelligentsia whose pronouncements in 1988 contributed to the rising tensions between the Azerbaijani and Armenian populations of Shamakhi District that led eventually to the Kərkənc village swap. Having been deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Azerbaijan since 1980, Vahabzadeh continued his parliamentary duties following independence gaining election to Azerbaijan's national parliament in 1995 and again in 2000. On 15 April 1995 Vahabzadeh was awarded with the prestigious Istiglal Order for his contributions to the national independence movement of Azerbaijan by the then President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev.
Currently, Bakhtiyar Vahabzadeh is 95 years, 11 months and 16 days old. Bakhtiyar Vahabzadeh will celebrate 96th birthday on a Monday 16th of August 2021.
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