The sculpture of Kyrgyz litterateur Cengiz Aytmatov who is a well known author of the Turkish World was opened with a ceremony in Maltepe, Istanbul. The sculpture was made by the Member of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) Maltepe Municipality. The ceremony was held on 12 December 2017 which is his 89th anniversary of birth.

Askar Aytmatov who is a son of Cengiz Aytmatov, Mayor of Maltepe Ali Kılıç, diplomatic mission representatives and number of Kyrgyz and Turkish citizens were attended to the opening ceremony which held in Cengiz Aytmatov Park in Maltepe district.

Mayor of Maltepe Ali Kılıç stated that they made the famous author as a resident in Maltepe district by doing his sculpture in Cengiz Aytmatov Park and he posited that “We celebrate the 89th anniversary of birth of a world person. We welcome him at Maltepe and bring him together with Turks. We receive him at the park called by his name. We are bowing with respect in memory of Cengiz Aytmatov and we want him to make a bridge between the younger generations. I hope that we make this important author known to the next generations. We are proud of making this author as a resident of Maltepe district.

Askar Aytmatov affirmed that he was very glad that his works still be read by readers and delighted about the construction of the sculpture of Cengiz Aytmatov. Askar Aytmatov thanked Maltepe Municipality and everyone who participated to the ceremony.

Following the conversations, the sculpture which is a 360-meter-wide and 450-cm-high made by Azeri sculptor Senan Eynullayev was opened with a great interest. Moreover, the making process of the sculpture took 3 months and around the sculpture there was written the names of his famous books.

Painting Exhibition and a Concert were Organized

In the evening of the same day, Cengiz Aytmatov’s 89th anniversary of birth was celebrated in Maltepe Municipality Türkan Saylan Cultural Center with a painting exhibition and a concert organization.

Painting exhibition named “The World of Aytmatov” consisting of works of Kyrgyz painters was organized. Mayor of Maltepe Ali Kılıç, son of Cengiz Aytmatov Askar Aytmatov, several Kyrgyz artists and number of citizens were participated to the exhibition.

The audience had a great interest to the dance performance of Kyrgyz artists with their local costumes and Kyrgyz musicians’ performance in both Kyrgyz and Turkish languages with the local instruments.