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Imanzhusup Kutpanuly (1863-1931)-a representative of an entire dynasty of participants in the people’s liberation movement, a poet, composer, singer, an outstanding son of the Kazakh people, who made an invaluable contribution to the history of the country. His songs “Yerementau”, “Saryarka”, “Karaotkel”, “Sarybel” are widely known to the Kazakh people. Imanzhusup was declared an enemy of the people and shot on March 2, 1931 in the city of Taraz on charges of organizing the Moinkum uprising. He was rehabilitated in 1992. Imanzhusup’s son Nurhan, who miraculously escaped and grew up in a Namangan orphanage, spent his entire life searching for Him. After his death, R. Imanzhusup started researching the life and work of the famous Sal and Sery, restoring his good name and creative heritage, which has grown up for many generations of Kazakhs. For more than a quarter of a century, it has found, systematized and introduced into scientific circulation completely unknown facts of Imanjusup’s biography, his creative legacy (more than 20 songs that were considered irretrievably lost and forgotten), published 30 books, created documentaries, organized more than 50 international scientific and practical conferences, more than 150 memorial evenings, seminars and round tables. Imanzhusup Kutpanuly is buried on The site of the Kutpanov family cemetery, which is located 8 km from the village of Zhibek Zholy in the Arshaly district of Akmola region, where relatives and guests of the district and region come to honor the memory of the legendary poet, singer and composer, a member of the people’s liberation movement.

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