Ilham Aliyev, his wife unveil monument to famous singer (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 4
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva attended a ceremony to unveil a monument to the world-renowned Azerbaijani singer, USSR People's Artist, laureate of state prizes, hero of Socialist Labor, Rashid Behbudov in Baku Oct. 4.
The president was informed that the three meter high-monument in front of the State Song Theatre named after the world-renowned singer was made by People’s Artist, vice rector of Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts, Professor Fuad Salayev.
Joined by first lady Mehriban Aliyeva and the singer's family members, President Aliyev unveiled the monument.
The president laid flowers at the monument.
President Aliyev made a speech at the ceremony.
Chairperson of the Union of Composers, People's Artist of Azerbaijan, Professor Firangiz Alizade, people's artists Mubariz Taghiyev, Fidan and Khuraman Gasymovas and Rashid Behbudov's family member Kamil Shahverdiyev addressed the ceremony.
Mehriban Aliyeva and the event participants laid flowers at the monument.
The president then met with Rashid Behbudov’s family members, culture and art figures who attended the event.
President Aliyev and Mehriban Aliyeva then posed for photographs with the family members of the world famous singer and the event participants.
President Aliyev, Mehriban Aliyeva and the ceremony participants then listened to songs from the repertoires of world-renowned singers Rashid Behbudov and Muslim Magomayev performed by Honored Artist Khayyam Mustafazade and singer Fakhri Kazim Nijat accompanied by Popular and Symphonic Orchestra of the State Song Theatre named after Rashid Behbudov.