Hundreds Gather to See Turkish Folk Singer Kisaparmak in Moscow.
The concert on Sunday was organized by the Association for Business and Friendship between the Russian Federation and Turkey (RUTyD). The A.V. Alexandrov Russian army twice red-bannered academic song and dance ensemble, better known throughout the world as the Red Army Choir, attracted much interest with their performances before the concert. Famous Russian singer Rinat Ibragimov also performed before Kisaparmak's appearance.
Speaking before the concert, the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Oriental Studies Institute, Professor Rostislav Ribakov, expressed his pleasure at having been invited to such an event. Noting that there were hundreds of children in the audience, Ribakov said children mean family, which shows that all the audience are members of the same family. Atilla Kizilarslan, an official from the Turkish Embassy in Moscow, attended the event on behalf of Aydin Sezgin, Turkey's ambassador to Moscow. Kizilarslan also delivered a speech and sent Sezgin's warmest regards to the audience.
After the speeches, Kisaparmak took to the stage and sang his famous songs, such as "Kilim" and "Babam" (My Father). The audience members sang along with Kisaparmak during some of the songs.
HE-lya Akilli, a Turkish woman who has been living in Russia for years, praised the event. "We have been living in Russia for 11 years and today we felt that we are not far away from our home country. We saw a scene from Turkey here, albeit a small one. We want such events to be held more frequently in Moscow," she said.
Serdem Karaboga, another Turkish woman studying at a Russian university, agreed and said she too felt she was in Turkey during the event.
Mehmet Aktar, a textile businessman, and Abdurrahim Guzel, a restaurant owner, thanked RUTyD for organizing the event.
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