"Azerbaijan has a rich musical art, and it is known very well in the world today. Our musical art is included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he received in a video format Anar Karimov on his appointment as Minister of Culture, APA reports.
"Azerbaijani mugham is our national treasure. Mugham competitions and international mugham festivals are regularly held in our country, and performers come from many countries. Of course, the art of mugham exists in several countries, but I think that Azerbaijan is the center of the art of mugham. This unique art lives on today. We are making this art live. Great work has been done to promote the art of mugham in the world through the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. I am very glad that our young people are also very interested in the art of mugham. This is very commendable because in some cases, young people prefer more popular music. In other words, they sometimes prefer foreign music. I am very glad that the vast majority of our young people are attached to our national art and music. Of course, our well-known mugham performers have played a huge role in educating the younger generation. As you know, several mugham centers have been established by my order - in Baku, Agham and Fuzuli districts, in other regions. Such mugham centers will be established in the liberated lands now.
The ashug art is unique. We rightly view the ashug art as being purely Azerbaijani and promote the ashug art in the world. Our national music is very rich and attracts a very wide audience. Our music shows the talent of our people. In general, our culture shows the talent of our people because only talented people can create such beautiful works," noted the President.