In memory of all those who died in combat
The White Cranes literary evening was held in the Moscow House of Nationalities in memory of all those who died in combat. The holiday is annually celebrated in Russia on October 22, but it is known all over the world. The moral and ethical basis of the holiday was laid by Dagestani People’s Poet Rasul Gamzatov - the author of the well-known poem 'The Cranes', which later became a song.
"The Moscow House of Nationalities has held this evening for many decades already. And the very first one was attended by Rasul Gamzatov. This tradition continues today. I hope that it will be continued by our children and grandchildren, because people should remember their roots and how many lives were given for us to live today," the director of the Moscow House of Nationalities Vladimir Tarasov said.
"Rasul Gamzatov is a great figure, a star, for us, for Dagestani people, for Russians in general. When we talk about Rasul Gamzatov, we appreciate Dagestan, when we talk about Dagestan - we appreciate Rasul Gamzatov. He raised Dagestan to such a peak that now we benefit from his achievements," the president of the the Dagestan Moscow Cultural Center Arsen Huseynov told Vestnik Kavkaza.
"Such humanistic, patriotic events as 'Days of White Cranes' are relevant and very important. It is important, first of all, for the younger generation, because today the ideals of humanism and patriotism are paramount for our youth," the president of the Rasul Gamzatov International Public Foundation, Gabibat Aliyeva, said.
"First, Rasul Gamzatov himself had an idea for the holiday 'Gamzatov days: White cranes'. This happened after the song 'The Cranes' with his lyrics became popular not only in our country, but far abroad. Monuments to cranes were established in many countries of the world. This song and this holiday form the spirit of patriotism and foster the spirit of friendship and compassion. These are universal values, which today become even more significant due to the fact that human life is being devalued in the modern world. Memory enables people to return to the roots that were laid in the universal civilization and the cultural and humanitarian code of humanity," the first Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Dagestan to Moscow, the poet's nephew Gamzat Gamzatov, is convinced.
On this evening, the guests of the event saw energetic national dances and theatrical performances based on Rasul Gamzatov's works, listened to songs with lyrics by the great Dagestani poet.