- Khan Shushinski
Infobox musical artist
Name = Khan Shushinski
Img_size = 120
Img_capt = Khan Shushinski
Birth_name = Isfandiyar Javanshir
Background = solo_singer
20 August, 1901
Shusha, Elisabethpol Governorate(now part of Azerbaijan)
18 March, 1979
Genre = Folk
Years_active = 1918 – 1979
Khan Shushinski (Azeri: "Xan Şuşinski"), born Isfandiyar Aslan oglu Javanshir (
20 August 1901, Shusha– 18 March 1979, Baku), was an Azerbaijani khananda(folk singer).
Despite Shushinski's relation to the khans of Karabakh, his stage name derives from an episode in his adolescence. In 1918, he and his
mughamteacher Islam Abdullayevattended a wedding in the village of Novruzlu (presently in the Agdam Rayonof Azerbaijan), where guests were listened to a gramophone recordof the Iranian singer Abul Hasan Khan performing the Kurd Shahnaz variety of mugham. After the song, young Isfandiyar was emphatically asked to resing that song live. Despite the complicated nature of Kurd Shahnaz, his performance impressed the guests to the point of them comparing Isfandiyar to Abul Hasan Khan and saying: "Now, here's the real Khan." [http://www.axtar.az/ru/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=322&Itemid=183 Khan Shushinski] . "Axtar.az"]
Shushinski made his first appearance in Baku in 1923, at the
Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall. He spent the next two decades touring cities of the South Caucasus, gaining huge popularity for his incredible voice and being often mentioned in the local media, as well as in the poem "Azerbaijan" by Samad Vurgun. In 1944, a year after he became People's Artistof Azerbaijan, he visited Tehran(along with four other cities in Iran) and was invited to perform at a banquetorganized by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Khan Shushinski became known as a talented composer after writing a number of songs, the most famous of them being "Shushanin daghlari" ("The Mountains of Shusha"), dedicated to his native city. He later taught vocal arts at the
Zeynally College of Musicin Baku.
* [http://el.ans.az/index.php?/weblog/more/havalanan_s399s/ The Soaring Voice] . "El Jurnali". August 2003
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXQN7Zge5OU Listen to Khan Shushinski on Youtube]
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