Popular Azerbaijani and Soviet singer, composer and actor Polad Mammadov (by passport) hails from Baku, where he was born 4 in February 1945 of the year. Polad's parents had a direct relationship to culture: the father, Murtaza Mammadov, a singer, People's Artist of the USSR, and his mother, Adelaida Mamedova, the director of the museum.

Since his childhood, Polad was familiar with music, and he appeared on the stage for the first time in 1960 as an accompanist for his father. Two years after the stage debut, Polad showed himself to be a true pop composer, composing the well-known songs “From the First Date”, “Good Morning”, “Song of Moscow” and “Song of Sumgayit”.

From 1963 to 1968, Polad Bulbul oglu studied with composer Kara Karayev in the composition class of the Azerbaijan State Conservatory named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov. A beginner singer and composer excelled so much in his work that he was accepted into the USSR Union of Composers in 1969 and became a member of the USSR Union of Cinematographers. Since the time of study at the conservatory, Polad is seriously interested in native folklore, and this has repeatedly affected his variety and academic work.

The beautiful clear voice of the singer and hit melodies quickly made the singer popular in all the Union republics. Together with the variety ensemble of Azerbaijan, which he led in the seventies of the last century, Polad Bulbul oglu traveled all over the Soviet Union and visited many foreign countries. The peak of the artist's popularity came at the beginning of the eighties. By this time, Polad had already become a movie star, thanks in large part to the shooting of the film “Do not be afraid, I'm with you!”, Which was a stunning success in the cinemas of the country in 1981.

The musical creativity of the artist of those years was no less successful: as a serious composer, Polad distinguished himself in symphonic and chamber-instrumental music, composing the Sonatas Absheron Rhythms, Variations for Piano and Poem for orchestra that became popular. Polad Bulbul-ogly enriched the Soviet stage with his work, bringing a whole new direction to it - the synthesis of Azerbaijani national music "mugham" with modern techniques of arrangement, which became an example to follow next generations of musicians. The pop stars of the seventies gladly took the songs of the composer to their repertoire, which immediately became hits: “Call”, “Razdolie”, “The Enlightened World”, “Azerbaijan” and others - became popularly loved by Joseph Kobzon, Lev Leschenko, Lyudmila Senchin , Muslim Magomayev, Roxanne Babayan ...

The composer worked almost impossible. It seemed that the entire musical world was obsessed with the music of Polad Bul-oglu: except for pop hits, in the seventies - eighties of the last century vocal cycles, musicals, music for films and dramatic performances, major symphonic works were released. At the same time, there was a parallel work as artistic director, and then director of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic, from 1988 onwards - Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan.

In 1982, Polad Bulbul-oglu was awarded the title of People's Artist of Azerbaijan. Honorary positions and awards for the outstanding son of the Azerbaijani people simply do not count. He is a doctor of art history at the National Creative Academy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, an honorary professor at the Azerbaijan University of Culture and Art, a full member of the International Humanitarian Academy "Europe-Asia", chairman of the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS Member States (MFGS).

The Russian Order of Friendship, for his great contribution to the strengthening and development of Russian-Azerbaijani cultural ties, Polad Bulbul-ogly received in 2005, the state. the prize of peace and progress - in 2010-m, the award "Stars of the Commonwealth" - in 2011-m. But how many were there before it!

Today, Bul-Bul Ogly continues to engage in social activities and music. New albums of the musician are released: “Sang Bulbul ... Sings Polad Bulbul-ogly”, consisting of Azerbaijani folk songs, under his leadership serious and large-scale work is being done to research and preserve the monuments of the Turkic culture. Polad Bulbul-ogly’s contribution to the development of cultural ties between Russia and Azerbaijan is also invaluable.

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