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Özay Gönlüm hasn't been forgotten

Denizli Metropolitan Municipality held the memorial ceremony of the 15th anniversary of Denizli's famous minstrel Özay Gönlüm's death in front of Çatalçeşme Theatre Hall. During the ceremony a wreath was laid at the memorial statue of the famous minstrel. On Tuesday, March 3rd the "Master Respect Concert" will be held in memory of the great artist.

The 15th anniversary of Denizli's famous minstrel Özay Gönlüm's death was commemorated in front of Çatalçeşme Theatre Hall. Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Mustafa Gökoğlan, Mayor of Tavas Municipality Turhan Veli Akyol, Kızılcabölüklüler Foundation Board Member Osman Erkli, the artists of the Metropolitan Municipality Conservatory and the artist's fans attended the memorial ceremony organized by Denizli Metropolitan Municipality. During the ceremony a wreath was laid at the memorial statue of the Denizli's famous minstrel Özay Gönlüm. Stating in his speech here that Özay Gönlüm is one of the greatest values of Denizli, Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Mustafa Gökoğlan said: ''When we think of Denizli three things come to our mind: Pamukkale, Özay Gönlüm and Denizli Rooster. With his different satire and with many works Özay Gönlüm has brought significant contributions to Turkish folk music and Turkish culture. From now on it is our duty to our children, to our future not to forget our great values as Özay Gönlüm. We commemorate him with grace and gratitude, "he said.


Near 3 thousand 400 compilation


Stating that there are near 3 thousand 400 compilation of the famous artist Özay Gönlüm, Mayor of Tavas Municipality Turhan Veli Akyol, ''Özay Gönlüm has brought significant contributions to Turkish culture, Denizli culture and particularly to Aegean culture, ''he said. Stating that folk dances, folk songs and Özay Gönlüm must be always commemorated, Kızılcabölüklüler Foundation Board Member Osman Erkli, ''We commemorate with grace and gratitude Özay Gönlüm, our famous artist recognized nationally and internationally, ''he said.


"Master Respect Concert" from Metropolitan


On the other hand Denizli Metropolitan Municipality will held the "Master Respect Concert" in memory of the great artist. Memorial concert of Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Conservatory will be held on Tuesday, March3rd at 20:00 at Çatalçeşme Theatre Hall. All citizens are invited to the memorial concert for free.

 

Who is Özay Gönlüm?


Özay Gönlüm was born in Denizli on February 5th, 1940. He had completed his primary and secondary education in Denizli. When he was 14 he began playing bağlama (a musical instrument with three double strings played with a plectrum). He worked in Ankara radio for many years. In 1965-1977 he researched folklore of Aegean Region, especially Denizli and villages. Özay Gönlüm within the Presentation of Turkey by Ministry of Culture gave concerts in 23 different world countries (9 of them are European Countries) and composed more than 4 thousand folk tunes. He became famous with 'Ninenin mektupları’ poetry. Minstrel Özay Gönlüm died on 1 March 2000.