He (1141-1209) penned the most popular version of “Leyli and Majnun” love story who lived and died in Ganja, an ancient city in Azerbaijan. He wrote in Persian as the literary custom of the day Azeri ethnicity.
He is the French Ambassador to Azerbaijan polyglot, fluent in Azeri, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, English and French. He not only places the poem in its historical regional context, but also sheds light on its various philosophical interpretations.
The Display of Leyli and Majnun
This story displayed at the Opera and Ballet Theater in Baku; listening to the talented Alim Gasimov play Majnun. Hajibeyov’s version of the story is an enormously successful synthesis between East and West, and between European classical music and Oriental culture.
What are the origins of this work? Coming from where? And meaning what? To whom?