Shamshi Kaldayakov

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

Shamshi Kaldayakov (Template:Lang-kz, Şämşi Qaldayaqov; Template:Lang-ru) (August 15, 1937 in Temirlanovka, South Kazakhstan Province — February 29, 1992 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, aged 56) was a Kazakhstani composer. He was born Shamshi Donbaiev, but ran away from school and changed his name to avoid the police.[1] He started playing music aged 17 and mainly wrote songs in a waltz style,[1] but in 1956, he composed the music to the patriotic song My Kazakhstan.[2] It was adopted in 2006 to be the Kazakhstan national anthem by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev after a few modifications in the lyrics.[3]


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  2. Embassy of Kazakhstan in New Delhi, India : Weekly News
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