Chingiz Sadikhov (born 1929),
pianist and accompanist of some of Azerbaijan's most beloved
singers of the past including Rashid Behbudov (1915-1989)
and Muslim Magomayev (born 1942). Sadikhov, a long time resident
of Baku, now resides in San Francisco. Sadikhov performed at
the gala reception of the 15th Anniversary of the Independence
of the Azerbaijan Republic which was organized by the new Consulate
which has just been established in Los Angeles.
Official greetings from California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as from the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, Orange County (south of Los Angeles) Board of Supervisors and the Office of Protocol and Mayor of the City of Los Angeles Antonio R. Villaraigosa were formally presented at the event. The Consulate General also received greetings from Governors Brian Schweitzer of the State of Montana, Bill Richardson of the State of New Mexico and Christine O. Gregoire of the State of Washington.
Above: Consul General Elin Suleymanov being
presented a certificate recognizing the 15th Anniversary of the
Independence of Azerbaijan. The presentation was made by Lourdes
Saab (Deputy Chief of Protocol, County of Los Angeles Board of
Above: Pianist Chingiz Sadikhov and his wife Jeyran with the Azerbaijan Consul General Elin Suleymanov and wife Lala.
The event also featured cultural performance by masters of Azerbaijani music and dance, including Chingiz Sadikhov, pianist who had accompanied some of Azerbaijan's most popular singers such as Rashid Behbudov and Muslim Magomayev. Sadikhov and his wife flew in from San Francisco where they live. Extraordinary performances of Azerbaijan Folk Dances were given by professional dances from Namus Zohrab and his wife Aliya, formerly of Baku but now living in Los Angeles.
Rahman Asadullahi, an Azerbaijani from Iran who lives in Los Angeles performed on the traditional instrument known as garmon. Mohammad Omranifar, also from Los Angeles, played tar and Elnara, popular vocalist, flew in from Baku. To receive information about future events organized, contact:
Azerbaijan Consulate in Los
Left: Traditional Azerbaijani folk dances
were presented by professional dancers Namus Zohrab and his wife
Aliya, formerly of Baku but now living in Los Angeles.