Spring 2005 (13.1)
More than 40 years ago when I was a child, I used to dance with
Jujalarim (1963-1973). Berta Adamovna Brailovskaya was our teacher.
I was one of only 10 girls who were among those chosen to go
to Hungary for the Children's Festival in 1968.
The following year, our group performed in Yugoslavia. It was
a very prestigious trip because the Soviet Union could send only
one group. We had to go to Moscow to compete and perform in front
of a panel of judges. Our group from Azerbaijan was chosen out
of hundreds of other groups from all over the Soviet Union. They
considered us the best. We were so proud!
Now that I live in Los Angeles, I've been searching to find information
about Jujalarim because so much of my life is tied to the history
of that dance group. These memories are so dear to me.
Just recently, I discovered the article about Jujalarim on your
Web site - AZER.com. When I listen to that song Jujalarim, I
close my eyes and I become 8 years old again. Thank you, again
and again for featuring Jujalarim because it was a magic moment
in my life!
Editor's Note: Search AZER.com for "Jujalarim". You'll
find the article: "Just for Kids: Ju-ja-lar-im - Our Little
Chicks", which tells the story about Sugra Baghirzade, who
sang this song at the Festival of the Decade of Azerbaijani Art
in Moscow in 1959. Also available: photos, music notes, Azeri
words in Azeri Latin script, and in English transliteration.
The English translation is also there. Jujalarim is still popular
as a children's song today - nearly 50 years later.
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