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Zulfiya and Hamid Olimjon Memorial Museum


In November 2017, after the next visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Jizzakh region, Jizzakh city administration decided to reconstruct the ancient "Khoja Nasriddin" madrasah and open a memorial museum of Uzbek folk poet Hamid Olimjon and Zulfiya.

In the history of our nation, in our property, in our pride, we have countless unique people. Among them are the great and enlightened poets of their time, such as the great poets: Hamid Olimjon and Zulfiya, who made an invaluable contribution to the development of modern Uzbek literature.

An Uzbek poet, dramatist, scientist and a public figure Hamid Olimjon was born on December 12, 1909 in Jizzakh. He lost his father at the age of five and was raised by his mother and grandfather. The young poet graduated from a new methodical school in 1923 and entered the Samarkand Pedagogical College. Then in 1926 he applied to the Pedagogical Academy in Samarkand.

His grandfather was one of the most intelligent men of his time. He was fluent in Russian and worked as a translator at a regional office. Under the influence of his grandfather and mother, the future of Hamid Alimjan was known in advance.

He began writing when he was in school. His first works were published in 1926 in the newspaper "Zarafshon". In 1927, the poet began working in the editorial office in this newspaper. In 1931, Hamid Olimjon came to Tashkent and began working for the newspaper "Young Leninist". He then headed the editorial board of Qurilish magazine. Hamid Olimjon was elected chairman of the Writers' Union of Uzbekistan in 1939 and held this position until the end of his life.

Among the famous works of the poet are "Aigul and Bakhtiyor" (1937), "Semurg" (1937), "Zaynab and Omon" (1938), "Poem of courage, love and friendship", "Immortal poet of Uzbekistan". The talented poet died in a car accident on July 3, 1944.

National poet Hamid Olimjon's faithful companion - People's poet of Uzbekistan Zulfiya Isralilova was born on March 1, 1915 in Tashkent in a family of artisans. From a young age, Zulfiya listened to fairy tales and legends from her mother Khadija. "These magical tales and poems has given us great pleasure, captured our hearts and opened us up in a new light every time," Zulfiya wrote. After graduating in 1928, she entered the pedagogical school. From these years Zulfiya's interest in literature increased. She read the works of Navoi and Pushkin, Shakespeare and Byron, Lutfi and Fuzuli, Nekrasov and Lermontov. She studied the works of his contemporaries in Uzbek literature - Hamza Hakimzoda, Sadriddin Aini, Abdulla Qodiri Ghayrati, Oybek, Gafur Gulam, Uygun, Hamid Olimjon, Kamil Yashin with great interest and enthusiasm. . At the age of 17, Zulfiya wrote her first collection of poems, Pages of Life (1932).

In her works, Zulfiya sang about the hard life of Uzbek girls, their love for their homeland and folk traditions.

She dedicated to the memory of her teachers Hamza, Oybek, Aydin, Hamid Olimjon's poems "My poems call the poets" (1960), "Aydin" (1953), "Sunny pen" (1967). He also created a play and an opera libretto based on H. Olimjon's poems "Semurg", "Zaynab and Omon".

In 1999, the Zulfiya Prize was recognized for talented girls in Uzbekistan for their achievements in literature, art, science, culture and education. 

In October 2014, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great national poet Zulfiya was widely celebrated in our country.

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