We are delighted to invite you to join us to the celebration of the 580th Anniversary of Alisher Navoi – a great poet, statesman and the founder of Uzbek literature. He was born in Herat, on February 9, 1441.
Alisher Navoi became an incredibly famous poet. He was active for many years in the society which was torn by endless wars after the death of Temur. Alisher Navoi got an exceptionally good education for those days. He knew all poetic forms, wrote mostly in Turkish and used Persian little.
Navoi was well known as a literary scholar. He supported poets, scientists, and artists. He was a great master of fine arts and knew how to handle a painter’s brush himself. He was an exceptionally good architect, and designed many schools, hospitals, inns, bridges, roads and channels.
Navoi’s poems in old Uzbek were collected into four parts, which were called “Chor-Devon” (The Four Divans). His poems in Persian were collected and called “Devoni-Foni” (Foni’s Divans). His most important work is the “Khamsa” (Quintuple), five poems written between 1483 and 1485.
Alisher Navoi spent his last years in Herat, died on January 3, 1501. His works have entered the treasury of world literature and have been translated into many languages.
Please join our webinar featuring such leading scholars as Dr. Fred Starr, Dr. Scott Levi, Mr. Mark Reese, Ms. Joan Weeks, poet Andrew Staniland, Deputy Minister of Culture of Uzbekistan Ms. Kamola Akilova, readings of Alisher Navoi’s poems, musical performance and more.
Looking forward to your participation,
The Embassy of Uzbekistan in the U.S. and Canada