Crisis in the Arts
Spring 1995 (AI 3.1)
Front Cover: "The Cello Player" by Azerbaijani painter, Akbar Behkalam from Tabriz who lives in Berlin now. The artist's wife, a German musician-physician was the inspiration for this painting. According to Behkalam, she becomes so engrossed while playing music that she almost embraces the instrument. "That's what I've tried to convey in this painting," he told us. See the article on page 14.
Back Cover: Memorial sculpture in Baku commemorating the spy Richard Zorge who was born in Baku and informed the Soviet Union that the Germans intended to attack on June 21, 1941. Zorge later worked in Japan where he was executed when they discovered that he was spying. Sculpture is on Samad Vurgun Street. Design
Pirouz Khanlou, Photo: Oleg Litvin.
Azerbaijan has world-class musicians and artists. But what happens when the arts are no longer supported by a centralized government? Some of Azerbaijan's most famous painters and musicians share their viewpoints about what it's like to try to survive during this interim. Also check out the exclusive article by Thor Heyerdahl, the great Norwegian scholar and voyager, who though now in his 80s, is still trying to trace the sea routes back to the earliest beginnings of man. Could Scandinavians be historically and genetically linked to Azerbaijanis? Heyerdahl thinks so.
2 Reader's Forum
4 Editorial: Crisis in the Arts
6 Baku Diary: The Music Scene (January 1995) - Susan Cornnell
10 Rasim Babayev, Painter
14 Behkalam and Berlin's Flying Cow - Betty Blair & Pirouz Khanlou, p.18 Latin Version
20 Gaiyur Yunus, Painter
24 Fazil Najafov, Frozen Images of Transition
26 SOCAR Section: Azerbaijan's Oil Pipeline Route: Turkey Gains Edge - Nasser Sagheb and Masoud Javadi; 95 International Caspian Oil and Gas Show; D.G. Seis; Amoco; Exxon; Delta Hudson.
30 Business Section: Murphy International, Eurasian File, British Air, and Lufthansa
32 Doing Business: Most Frequently Asked Questions - Ophelia Abdullayeva
36 Music: Then and Now - Jahangir Salimkhanov
38 Azerbaijan's Brain Drain in Music: The Question of Survival - Khuraman Gasimova
42 Immortal Music: Unique Blend of Tragedy and Love - Arif Malikov
46 Bul-Bul School of Music: "And the Beat Goes On" - Dr. Nigar Askarova
50 Tofig Guliyev: Beloved Composer
52 Diplomatic Interview: Egyptian Ambassador Faruk M. El Hawary - Svetlana Turyalay
53 Violin Concertos and Dolls: Nasrin Rashidova - Svetlana Turyalay
54 CSCE Summit: Critical Turning Point for the Fate of Nagorno-Karabakh-Hopefully - Mahir Ibrahimov
55 New Book on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Human Rights Watch
56 The Russian Bear's Voracious Appetite: Azerbaijan 1990 and Chechnya 1995 - Azar Panahli
59 Sustaining the Spirit of Azerbaijan via Contemporary Persian Literature (Part III) Constitutional Era: Works of Golam Husein Sa'edi - Hassan Javadi, Translated by Abulfazl Bahadori.
60 The Azerbaijan Connection: Challenging Euro-Centric Theories of Migration - Dr. Thor Heyerdahl
62 Thor Heyerdahl: Kon-Tiki Man - Betty Blair
64 The Internet: World Standard Access - Mark Hopkins
66 Sports: Chess, Special Olympics, Karate
70 Legacy of the Oil Barons (Part IV): Musician Who Owned the SOCAR Building - Fuad Akhundov
72 All In a Day's Work: Supplying Refugee Camps - Laura O'Mahoney
74 Azerbaijan Red Crescent Celebrates 75 Years - Laura O'Mahoney
75 Freedom Support Act; Protecting Children
From Azerbaijan International (3.1) Spring 1995.
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