Today is 70th birthday of a prominent Azerbaijani singer, diplomat Polad Bulbuloglu.
Polad Murtuza oglu Mammadov was born on February 4, 1945 in Baku Azerbaijan. His father was Bulbul, a famous Azeri opera singer, and exposed Polad to musical culture from an early age. His mother Adelaida Mammadova who is currently the director of the Bulbul Museum is a native of Batumi and of mixed Azeri and Georgian descent. Polad studied the piano in a music school and then studied composing in the Baku Academy of Music, under Gara Garayev. By the age of 17 he composed several songs that were performed by professionals, as well as songs for his friend Muslim Magomayev. Bülbüloğlu's singing talent was also discovered on a trip to Moscow with Magomayev, where Bülbüloğlu recorded his own songs in the Azerbaijani language.
In his career, Bülbüloğlu combined modern music style with national Azeri music to create a new musical stream in the Soviet Union. He toured the entire USSR and performed around the world. In 1982, Bülbüloğlu became a National Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR. He participated in the Soviet television program and festival Song of the Year and won the first prize on four occasions. His songs were performed, among others, by Muslim Magomayev, Joseph Kobzon and Lev Leshchenko.
In 1969, Bülbüloğlu became a member of the USSR Union of Composers and the USSR Union of Cinematographers. He composed music for over twenty feature films and had leading roles in several. Among others, he worked with the Russian director Eduard Smolny. Bülbüloğlu has a star at the Moscow Square of Performers, inaugurated in 2000. He received a doctorate of the History of Art from the Azerbaijan National Academy of Culture and holds an honorary professorship in the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts.
Polad Bulbuloglu is the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia.
Note that President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on awarding Polad Bulbuloglu Sheref (Honor) order.