Scene from Afrasiyab Badalbeyli’s “Giz galasi” ballet.The first Azerbaijani ballet “Giz galasi” has been composed by Afrasiyab Badalbeyli in 1940.
The premiere took place on 18 April 1940 at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Main roles at the premiere: Gulyanaq – Gamar Almaszade (later T.Aliyeva), Jahangir khan – A.S.Urvatsev, Polad – Constantin Batashev, Ayperi daye – M. Babayeva, mother of Gulyanaq – L. Tahmasib. In 1948, at the same theatre the work performed again with choregraphic edition of Gamar Almaszade; the next edition was in 1958.
Tarzen Sadigjan. Outstanding representative of XIX century music art (1846-1902), Azerbaijani tar player who developed tar, the musical instrument by adding extra bass-string and double resonance strings and increased the number of strings from 5 to 11. played the tar nestling it to the chest for the first time. Earlier tar players held the instrument on their knees.