The Great “Sycamore Tree” of the Steppes Is Now 90 Years Old
In the 90th anniversary of his birth, Chyngyz Aitmatov, one of the world-famous writers of Kyrgyz literature, was commemorated with a special program organized in the Turkish World Cultural Site with the endorsement of Kültür A.Ş., an affiliate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, under the leadership of the Consulate General of Kyrgyzstan.
Held on December 12, the commemoration program “Chyngyz Aitmatov in the 90th Anniversary of His Birth” was attended by Erkin Sopokov, Consul-General of Kyrgyzstan in Istanbul; Kemal Kaptaner, General Manager of Kültür A.Ş., Jyldyz Uzakova, Kyrgyzstan Representative of the Turkic Council; Dr. Shrubu Kayhan, faculty member at Istanbul Kültür University, and well as many other guests. The program began with a short film about the life of the famous author.
Delivering the opening speech of the ceremony held at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Cultural Site for the Turkic World, General Manager Kemal Kaptaner underlined that the Kyrgyz author created many important works which are available in every bookstore across Turkey. Stating that the author reflected the traditions and values of his own society, Kaptaner continued his remarks with “He always adopted the social structure, morals, and cultural values of his own people in his works”. Even though he was very much connected with his own roots, his works were translated into more than 160 languages and were published worldwide. He is likened to 'the Great Sycamore of the Steppes'. Great Sycamore trees spread their branches above and beyond for centuries. Likewise, the late Aytmatov also succeeded in spreading the message of his works to the whole world.".