A famous poet, Erkin Vohidov passes away aged 80

A famous poet, hero of Uzbekistan Erkin Vakhidov has passed aged 80.

Erkin Vohidov – an Uzbek poet and public figure. One of the brightest figures of contemporary Uzbek literature.

He was born in 1936 in the Altyaryk district of Fergana region in the family of a teacher. After graduating from high school Erkin Vohidov continued his education at the faculty of Philology of Tashkent State University, where he studied from 1955 to 1960. After graduation, he worked as an editor (1960-1963) and chief editor (from 1975 to 1982) of the publishing house “Yosh Gvardiya”; editor, editor-in-chief (1963-1970) and Director (1985-1987) of the publishing house of literature and art named after Gafur Gulyam; from 1982 to 1985, he was the first chief editor of the magazine “Yoshlik”. Since 1990, Erkin Vohidov was engaged in public activity.

Erkin Vohidov had begun writhing his first poems since school years. His first collection of poems “Breath of dawn” was published in 1961. Further collections of the poet had been issued almost every year — “You are my song” (1962), “Heart and mind” (1963), “My star” (1964), “Echo” (1965), “Lyrics” (1966), “Sofa of youth” (1969), “Torch” (1970), “Young people today” (1971).

He wrote such poems as “Dream of the earth”, “Poem written in a tent”, “Devotion”, “Rise of the immortals”, “Conqueror and the Barber” and the plays “Golden wall”, “Istanbul tragedy”, “Second talisman”.

Erkin Vohidov translated Goethe’s Faust, poems by S. Esenin, A. Twardowski, M. Iqbal, R. Gamzatov, G. Ehmins and many other poets into the Uzbek language.

In 1999 Erkin Vahidov was awarded the title Hero of Uzbekistan.

Turkistanian American Association expresses deep and sincere condolences to the family of Erkin Vakhidov. May he rest in peace.


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