Biography

Biography
Composer, akyn. With his remarkable vocal qualities and skilful dombra, Birzhan from early childhood gained a wide fame

Биография

Birzhan-Sal

(1834-1897)


Birzhan Turlybaiuly Kozhagulo - composer, akyn. With his remarkable vocal qualities and skilful dombra, Birzhan from early childhood gained a wide fame. Love themes take the main place in the creative activity of Birzhan. The songs: «Aitbai», «Gashygym», «Gashyk zhyr», «Zhambas sipar» among others are dedicated to it. They are full of high feeling, emotional experience, sincerity and unfeigned lyricism. Birzhan’s creativity - deeply popular in its sources and essence - is notable for novelty of form and diversity of theme. Birzhan’s songs raised national music to a higher level and brought diversity and original art style to the performance of songs and aityses. The life and creative work of Birzhan was the basis for one of the best Kazakh operas «Birzhan and Sara». His songs were used widely there. See «Legends» for the history of the creation of the famous Birzhan’s song «Zhanbota».