Kazakh journalists launch challenge dedicated to Olzhas Suleimenov
Today, May 18, a famous Kazakh poet, philosopher and public figure Olzhas Suleimenov celebrates his 84th birthday. His work does not leave anyone indifferent. Kazakh journalists have launched a challenge to his birthday, reading favorite poems on video and posting the records on their pages on social media under the hashtag #коднюрожденияОлжасаСулейменова (to the birthday of Olzhas Suleimenov).
“I am a fan of Olzhas Suleimenov’s works. You might say, I was brought up on his works. I start the challenge with “Wolf Cubs” poem and ask my friends and colleagues as well as everyone to join,” wrote Atameken Business channel producer Moldir Abdualiyeva.
15 journalists from various Kazakh media read favorite excerpts from Olzhas Suleimenov’s collections and sent the video montage to him. The participants said that the poet made an invaluable contribution to the development of literature and the journalists honored his talent this way.
Olzhas Suleimenov is the author of dozens of works including poems, books and scientific researches. He became popular in April 1961 after the publication of the poem “Earth, Bow to Human!” dedicated to the flight of the first man Yuri Gagarin into space.
His first poetry collection “The Argamaks” was published in 1961, followed by the “Solar Nights”, “Night - Parisian”, “Year of the Monkey”, “Clay book” and others.
Olzhas Suleimenov has been publishing a number of major researches in recent years. In 1988, he published books “The Language of Writing” and the “God's Smile”. After that, he published the “Crossing Parallels” and “The Turks in Prehistory” about the origin of the ancient Turkic languages and scripts. The writer received numerous awards for his works.
In 1989, Olzhas Suleimenov initiated the Nevada-Semipalatinsk movement. Four million signatures were collected over a month in support of the ban on nuclear testing. The tests near Semei were stopped in October 19, 1989.
The test site was finally closed by a decree of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on August 29, 1991. Then an international moratorium on nuclear tests started operating: nuclear tests stopped at the test sites such as Novaya Zemlya (Russia), Nevada (U.S.), atoll Moruroa (France) and Lake Lop Nur (China). Most countries signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Olzhas Suleimenov is a laureate of various prizes and awards. At different times, he was awarded the medal “For labor valor”, the Orders of “Barys” and “Otan” and many other Kazakh and foreign awards.