In one of his poems, the national poet, Hero of Uzbekistan Erkin Vohidov wrote that his creative work originates from the people, and is created for the people. Indeed, his verses reflect the everyday reality of the folk life in Uzbekistan. Today, festive events are taking place throughout the country to mark the 80th anniversary of the people’s favorite.

Erkin Vohidov began writing poetry while still in school. After getting the higher philological education at the Tashkent State University (now the National University), he worked for many years in publishing houses and editorial offices of newspapers and magazines. He was not only a writer, but also a translator, the public figure and statesman, a wonderful husband and father. The poet died several months before his jubilee. He died at the end of May this year, and on December 28 he would turn 80.

“The first collection of poems, which was released in 1961, wore a symbolic name ‘Tong Nafasi’ (Breath of Dawn). In those years, the literature experienced not the best of times, and the book of Erkin Vohidov became breath of fresh air. He was a versatile poet. Gazelles from his book ‘Yoshlik Devoni’ (The Youth Collection) are still performed as songs. He also wrote poems. For example, his ‘Poem written in a tent’ is dedicated to the courage, diligence of people affected by the earthquake in Tashkent in 1966. In addition, even today the theaters stage plays based on the dramatic pieces of Erkin Vohidov. Another great legacy the poet left is his literary translations. For example, Sergei Yesenin’s poems he translated as if they were written in the Uzbek language. Of course, one of the most significant translations was Goethe’s ‘Faust’, on which he worked for about five years. He was loved by the people, actively participated in the public life of the country. For many years he served as a legislator, then senator of the Oliy Majlis,” chairman of the Union of Writers of Uzbekistan, People’s Writer Muhammad Ali said. “I was lucky enough to work with the poet in the Ghafur Ghulom Publishing House of Literature and Art, where he headed the poetry department. While working on the release of books, manuscript editing, communicating with authors, I learned a lot of secrets of the profession that I discovered thanks to the advice and assistance of the mentor. Erkin Vohidov was very sociable and cheerful person. He told lots of funny stories, including those from the field of literature. He even wrote a series of satirical poems ‘Donishqishloq Latifalari’ (Funny Stories of Donishkishlak). It was always a joy and fun anywhere the poet appeared.”

Selected works of the poet will be published along with translations of his works into English and Karakalpak languages. In addition, it is planned to publish the memoirs of Rahmatulla Inogamov ‘Shoirlik Qismati’ (The Destiny of Being Poet).

The educational and cultural institutions of the country these days hold the celebrations devoted to the 80th anniversary of Erkin Vohidov. The Alisher Navoi Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature has held a scientific conference on the theme “The role and significance of creativity of Erkin Vohidov in the spiritual life of our people”, within which the presentations were made by well-known scientists and writers of the country.

The main celebrations will undoubtedly be held on his birthday - December 28. This day a memorial plaque will be installed in the house in Tashkent, where the poet lived. The Uzbek National Academic Drama Theater will host a grand memorial evening. The same concert will be held in Ferghana region, where Erkin Vohidov born. The workers of culture from all over Uzbekistan will gather in the small motherland of the poet.

In addition, a documentary about the life and creativity of the poet is being shot now, as well as a monument will be created and installed.

In 1964, in one of his poems, Erkin Vohidov wrote that the stars, which the author put instead of the title, will shine even after his star goes off. His works have become a guiding star for many on the vast horizons of life.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)